Operational research into the applicability of communication network analysis as a method of evaluating the multiplier effect and information decay of participant training programs
AuthorLouka, Marie Ruth, 1965-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractSustainable international development efforts often rely on the ability of trained individuals to transfer their new knowledge to colleagues. Most USAID-funded participant training programs train for a multiplier effect. This study hypothesized that communication network analysis is an appropriate method to measure the multiplier effect and the degree of information decay of participant training. Returned Honduran participants (first generation learners) of teacher training were questioned on the nature of the relationship between them and the receiver (second generation) of the innovation information. Relationship tie strength was determined by combining measures of multiplexity, homogeneity and other indices as set forth by Granovetter (1973). Information decay was measured by questioning what was learned and taught by each generation. The study found weak ties were approached more often than intermediate or strong ties. Remarks about what was learned and what had been taught became more specific, as information flowed through generations. Communication network analysis is a promising evaluation method regardless of the training topic.
Degree ProgramGraduate College