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.
>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?
<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?
[green]PROBE IF NEEDED:[n] I need their first name, please.
[bold][yellow]F6 - List of Discussants[n]
***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org *****_____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.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