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Using Social Network Analysis To Identify Successful Relationship Patterns Within Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)

NCJ Number
254272
Date Published
2019
Length
31 pages
Author(s)
Megan R. Greeson; Jennifer Walling-Neal; Rebecca Campbell
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Publication Type
Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Description
Grant Number(s)
2010-WG-BX-0010
Annotation
This study used social network analysis (SNA) to examine relationships within three effective Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) that coordinate the response of legal, medical, and advocacy organizations to sexual assault.
Abstract
The study found that within each SART, organizations reported to other member organizations, valuing their role, serving as a resource to their work, and communicating outside of official meetings. Across the SARTs, there was high connectedness and reciprocity and low to moderate dependence on one organization to drive relationships; however, there was dependence on a subgroup of organizations to drive additional communication relationships. Implications for managing relationships in SARTs are discussed. (publisher abstract modified)
Date Created: July 20, 2021