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 in 2014 and 2015 to analyse and evaluate these relationships and identify strengths and weaknesses within the Action for Equity partnership. A final social network evaluation is planned for 2017 to support a longitudinal evaluation over the life of the Action for Equity plan.
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.
The Action for Equity social network analysis evaluation aims to explore and measure the partnerships, relationships and practice connections between stakeholders at an organisational and individual level. To do this, a first-wave (wave one) social network survey of the Action for Equity partnership was conducted in June and July of 2014 and a second-wave (wave two) social network survey was conducted in October of 2015. Results of the second-wave survey are presented in this report, which also includes data that has been compared to the first social network analysis evaluation conducted in 2014 (using first-wave data).