Carl:


Bob Huckfeldt and John Sprague included a question battery (below) on their 1996 Indianapolis-St. Louis study that asked main respondents to judge the relationships between discussants.   I hope this helps.  While I'm not sure if these data have been used by Bob or John, I coded them at one point and there seemed to be a lot of viable and useful information there.  Given that your survey is of a group that is more likely to have overlapping relations, I'd suspect similar wording would work for you.


Best,


scott


>n1oa<  Now I'd like you to think about [fill nam1]'s

        relationship to each of the other people you have

        mentioned: [fill nam2][fill N1F1] [fill nam3][fill N1F2]

        [fill nam4][fill N1F3] [fill nam5]

       

        Does [fill nam1] talk with each of the other people you

        have mentioned at least once a month?           

 

        <1> yes

        <5> no

       

        <8> DK [green]- DON'T PROBE[n]

        <9> RF [green]- DON'T PROBE[n]

        ===>

 

>n1p<   [green]IF NECESSARY:[n] Which of the people you've mentioned does [allow 1]

        [fill nam1] [bold]not[n] talk with at least once a month?

 

        トトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトトト

        [green]PROBE IF NEEDED:[n] I need their first name, please.

        [bold][yellow]F6 - List of Discussants[n]

                                                               

        ===> [specify]



On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 6:35 AM, Carl Holland <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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I am looking for suggestions as to how to measure, as accurately as possible, ego networks. I am studying staff in a large organisation (3000+ staff).
 
I was thinking about copying the single-name generator method that Burt used in the 1985 GSS, but am confused as to how to use this for eliciting alter-alter ties from ego. I guess that it is very easy for ego to provide ego-alter ties with the "discuss important matters" question, but how do you replicate this for ego reporting alter-alter ties? It seems a little odd to ask ego "of those ties that you have mentioned, which ones discuss important matters with each other". The "discuss important matters" question is a good one, in relation to what else I am asking ego's; I'd like to use it, or a slight variation of it that would elicit more accurate data.  

Any suggestions and/or references in this regard would be very much appreciated.
 
I'll compile responses and post them up later,
 
Cheers,
 
Carl

 
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