Survey network measurement

Valentina Hlebec, Tina Kogovsek, University of Ljubljana

Collection of survey network data is a very complex process as information about network members (name generators) and their characteristics and ties (name interpreters) are needed.The course would present the following topics. Measurement approaches (i.e., emotional, exchange, interactional approach) with related measurement techniques (name generator, role generator, position generator, event-related networks) will be presented. Applications of these techniques with typical survey questionnaires will be demonstrated. Key network indices that can be derived out of such data (e.g., network size, network composition and structure) will be overviewed. Advantages and shortcomings of different data collection modes will be discussed.

About the Instructors

Valentina Hlebec studied Sociology - Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. She graduated in 1992 with the thesis Measurement of social networks, which was awarded the national award to students of University of Ljubljana. She finished masters (1996) and doctoral studies (1999) both in the field of social network analysis at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. She started working at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, as teaching assistant and professor. She is currently Professor of sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. She collaborated in many research projects in Slovenia and internationally (e.g., The effect of social capital on doctoral students' academic performance in Slovenia, Social integration of the elderly, Intergenerational solidarity in Slovenia, Community care of older people in Slovenia). She has published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She regularly presents her research findings at national and international scientific conferences. Her main research interests are social science methodology, quality of measurement, social network analysis, social support and sociology of ageing.

Tina Kogovšek studied Sociology - Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. She graduated in 1994 with the thesis Validity of measurement, which was awarded the national award to students of University of Ljubljana. The thesis was also published in the book Reliability and validity of measurement (1995, together with A. Ferligoj and K. Leskošek). She finished masters (1998, anthropology) and doctoral studies (2001, sociology) at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. After a short employment at the Ministry of Education and Sport (1994-96) she started working at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, first as the young researcher and later as teaching assistant and professor. She is currently Professor of social science methodology at the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. She collaborated in many research projects in Slovenia and internationally (e.g., Quality of measurement of egocentered social networks, The effect of social capital on doctoral students' academic performance in Slovenia, Suicide in Slovenia, Social integration of the elderly, Intimate lifestyles of students in Slovenia). She has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She regularly presents her research findings at national and international scientific conferences. Her main research interests are social science methodology, quality of measurement, social network analysis and social support.