Here are some references that review some of this work:


Valente, T. W., Palinkas, L. A., Czaja, S., Chu, K. H., & Brown, C. H. (2015).  Social Network Analysis for Program Implementation. PLoS One, 10(6), e0131712. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131712.


Valente, T. W. (2012).  Network Interventions. Science, 337, 49-53. PMCID# 22767921


Flodgren G, Parmelli E, Doumit G, Gattellari M, O’Brien MA, Grimshaw J, Eccles MP (2010). Local opinion leaders: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes (Review).  The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by JohnWiley & Sons, Ltd, accessed online, May 22, 2013.


Gesell, S. B., Barkin, S. L., Sommer, E. C., Thompson, J. R., & Valente, T. W. (2016). Increases in network ties are associated with increased cohesion among intervention participants. Health Education & Behavior, 43(2), 208-216.


van den Berg, Y. H., Segers, E., & Cillessen, A. H. (2012). Changing peer perceptions and victimization through classroom arrangements: A field experiment. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 40(3), 403-412.



Thomas W. Valente, PhD

Professor, Institute for Prevention Research

Department of Preventive Medicine

Keck School of Medicine

University of Southern California

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Social Networks and Health (2010) Oxford University Press.

Evaluating Health Promotion Programs, (2002) Oxford University Press.

Network Models of the Diffusion of Innovations, (1995) Hampton Press.



From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rosalyn Negron
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Dear all, 


can anyone share references for studies that have used network-based interventions to increase ties (personal or whole networks)? Or intervention studies to enhance social capital accumulation in networks. Health-focused studies are especially helpful. 


Many thanks!




Rosalyn Negrón
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