Eva Schiffer, an expert in Social Network Analysis (SNA), gave training on SNA on the campus of ILRI Nairobi, Kenya from 13 to 17th October 2008.
After the training we applied the knowledge acquired in many workshops in West Africa to identify relevant and effective pathways for disseminating research results on a BMZ funded project on trypanocidal drugs resistance in West Africa.
We found that SNA is a good diagnostic method for analyzing data on patterns of relationships among people or organizations.
We used workshops as means to gather the information necessary for the analysis and we noticed that the absence of relevant actors at the workshops may lead to serious gaps in the analysis.
One problem that we faced was: In a practical and sustainable way, how can those actors that currently show potential for disseminating knowledge and information, actually be provided incentives/capacity to perform this function?