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Eval11 Poster 19: Using Social Network Analysis to Inform Community Capacity Building in a National Science Foundation Funded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Project (NSF GSE/EXT 0832913) 

10-31-2011 12:39

The Appalachian Information Technology Extension Service (AITES) project's overarching goal is to increase girls' interest in jobs requiring information technology (IT) skills through the development of community capacity. Developing community capacity is accomplished by training Community Cohort Teams (CCT) which consist of teachers, school counselors, and Cooperative Extension agents. These team members are tasked to train other key community leaders (Secondary Stokers), who surround the girls (i.e., other teachers, counselors, and parents). Through the transfer of knowledge between CCT Members and Secondary Stokers and subsequently from these Secondary Stokers to the broader community (Tertiary Stokers) community capacity is being built. Theories and tools from Social Network Analysis (SNA) serve to visualize the many vehicles and routes taken in building this community capacity. SNA also provides an additional lens to make sense of project diffusion, as well as identify best practices and appropriate and effective course corrections.

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