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Activity Number: 330 - Advances in Inference of Networks
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Nonparametric Statistics
Abstract #322770
Title: Empirical Assessment of Programs to Promote Collaboration: a Network Model Approach
Author(s): Katherine McLaughlin* and Joshua D. Embree
Companies: Oregon State University and RAND Corporation
Keywords: dynamic networks ; error-prone responses ; model-assisted analysis ; social network analysis ; collaboration ; survey design

Collaboration networks are thought to be desirable to foster both individual and population productivity. Often programs are implemented to promote collaboration, but few tools are available to assess the efficacy of these programs, and very few are data-driven. We carried out a survey at California State University, San Marcos during the 2012-2013 academic year to measure five types of collaboration ties among professors in five science departments at the university over time. During the time period of study, professors participated in NIH-sponsored curriculum development activities with members of other departments thought to foster overall collaboration.

This survey enables the exploration of several methodological and theoretical challenges in network research. In this talk we develop a statistical approach to assess the impact of programmatic interventions on collaboration using model-assisted social network analysis. We derive and implement a hierarchical Bayesian approach to modeling error-prone responses in surveys and examine the effect of an intervention on network structure. Based on this analysis we find an increase in educational collaboration over time.

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