Social network analysis (SNA) is a tool used to analyze the connections between people and organizations. However, despite its usefulness to the study of these relations, there have been relatively few applications to situations in agriculture and natural resources. SNA was applied to the study of a watershed collaborative group in southern Arizona. We found that even a fundamental application of SNA was valuable to a watershed initiative and, furthermore, believe that U.S. Extension professionals are positioned to advance the effectiveness of participatory resource management groups through more widespread use of this methodology.
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Springer, A. C., & De Steiguer, J. (2011). Social Network Analysis: A Tool to Improve Understanding of Collaborative Management Groups. The Journal of Extension, 49(6), Article 23. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss6/23