Workshop Report/Summary

Social network analysis identifies the relationships and attributes of members, key actors, and groups that make up social networks. This document sums up discussions at a workshop held February 11-12, 2009, at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, to provide guidance on a potential research agenda to increase the effectiveness of social network analysis for improving community disaster resilience.

Researchers gathered with emergency management practitioners to explore the state of the art in social network analysis and its applications; current work on theories, principles, and design or strengthening of networks; and gaps in knowledge that prevent its application to building networks. They identified research areas and issues that could advance the use of social network analysis for building resilience, including the collection of better baseline information; better understanding of how communities and networks adapt to change; and mechanisms to validate data and sort which are good, bad, redundant, and actionable.