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I am seeking help on some data "organization" question that I have. Generally, I am trying to distinguish whether the data I have can be used to take a measure of structural holes using the constraint score described by Burt (1992).
For several years, I have studied the way that nonprofits' (and their self-identified community) networks change after interventions. The research focuses on the changing structure of structural holes and evaluates whether this intervention can be identified as the cause of these changes.
I am however, unsure of the "level" of data that is required to do this. I am uncertain whether I have gathered the appropriate data to measure structural holes. Here's what I mean:
Level 1: I first asked each nonprofit (ego) to identify the organizations most important to their organizational mission. Then, I asked 14 questions about the relationship with each (level of contact, sharing of clients, funding network, trust, etc...)
Level 2: I then asked each organization that the ego identified to respond to the same 14 questions and to list important partners in their network (Level 3).
I stopped at this level because of time and cost constraints (each network at this point has between 80-150 nodes).
Finally, I went back to the original egos and asked them to comment on their connections with Level 3 organizations.
With this network data, I was hoping to take a constraint score on each network and compare the scores pre- and post-intervention. After really thinking this through though, I am concerned that I would have had to gather one more level of network connections.
Could anyone advise me on this question?
I can provide an imagine it that would help explain this, but didn't want to attach it to this group email.
Many thanks in advance!
Danielle M Vogenbeck
University of Colorado, Denver Graduate School of Public Affairs
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