Action for Equity: A Sexual and Reproductive Health Plan for Melbourne’s West 2013-2017 incorporates primary prevention and service coordination initiatives that work to achieve health equity. Action for Equity’s success relies heavily on effective and coordinated partnerships between organisations and individuals within these organisations, and the work produced by these partnerships. A social network analysis approach has been used to analyse and evaluate these relationships and identify strengths and weaknesses within the Action for Equity partnership.
A social network analysis is concerned not just with social network ties, but also the interaction of social ties and individual attributes that allows us to answer why some actors (e.g. people or organisations) might be more or less central in a partnership network than others. This information can be used to strengthen the Action for Equity partnership and improve its capacity to achieve its goal and objectives.
This report provides baseline data pertaining to the professional and organisational networks that exist within the Action for Equity partnership. The survey will be implemented three times throughout the life of the plan.