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Concept mapping and network analysis: An analytic approach to measure ties among constructs

Alyssa W. Goldman and Mary Kane

Evaluation and Program Planning, 2014, vol. 47, issue C, 9-17

Abstract: Group concept mapping is a mixed-methods approach that helps a group visually represent its ideas on a topic of interest through a series of related maps. The maps and additional graphics are useful for planning, evaluation and theory development. Group concept maps are typically described, interpreted and utilized through points, clusters and distances, and the implications of these features in understanding how constructs relate to one another. This paper focuses on the application of network analysis to group concept mapping to quantify the strength and directionality of relationships among clusters. The authors outline the steps of this analysis, and illustrate its practical use through an organizational strategic planning example. Additional benefits of this analysis to evaluation projects are also discussed, supporting the overall utility of this supplemental technique to the standard concept mapping methodology.

Keywords: Concept mapping; Network analysis; Mixed methods; Systems thinking (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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