Network Analyzer Navigation

Network Analyzer Navigation

The Network Analyzer is where your relational data comes to life. With the ability to map networks and relationships, engage in social network analysis, create charts, tables, and GIS maps of your network, there are dozens of ways to explore your data and generate actionable insights.

This article will give an introduction to the four tabs within the Network Analyzer and share some initial tips for getting started with this powerful tool for network analysis. The articles that follow provide more specific instructions on various ways to map and analyze your network.

Overview of the Network Analyzer

There are four main areas within the Network Analyzer. Each provides a different set of tools for analyzing and interpreting your relational data. They are reached using the Analyzer navigation menu, which appears directly above the Analyzer window on the left. Here is a brief overview of the four sections.

1. Network Mapping

The first area allows you to map your networks and use social network analysis methods and measures to generate unique insights and uncover new opportunities. The Network Analyzer lets you layer your relational and non-relational data to identify patterns and engage in multiple different types of analysis. The image below shows the Network Mapping module within the Analyzer.

On the left are menus for relationship settings (handhake icon), Node settings (nodes icon), and styling settings (paintbrush icon). These allow you to select how nodes and relationships display different types of data, filter out certain relationships or nodes, and change how they appear by color, thickness, and size. 

On the right is your map legend, which shows what your node and relationship colors represent. Clicking a color or data option filters out those nodes or relationships as well.

You can minimize each menu or re-open them by clicking the two small arrows at the top. 

There are also controls at the top of the Analyzer. The small node positioning button on the top left lets you lock the position of nodes or reset them. The navigation buttons on the right allow you to zoom in and out on the map, and re-center your network map. The camera button saves an image of your map you can download. The save button will soon allow you to save your map as a visualization to add to reports, profiles, and dashboards.

2. GIS Mapping

The Analyzer's second module allows you to view your relationships over a place-based map with the option of adding additional data baes layers. This is a powerful way to identify gaps in representation in your network in certain neighborhoods and communities or quickly identify a partner to address a geographically-specific concern. Click "GIS Mapping" within the Analyzer navigation menu to open this module.

From here, you can use the same node and relationship map settings to alter the map's data, and the styling settings to change how the nodes and lines appear. The legend map will show your color representations and let you filter out options. The ability to save images and visualizations is in progress and coming soon.

3. Network Scores

Your network scores are all accessible within the third Network Analyzer module. You can sort the scores of individual ecosystem members to find those with high centrality, trust, value, etc. You can also view your network-wide scores for network comparisons and export your scores for further analysis in a spreadsheet.

4. Charts & Tables

The Charts & Tables module is the fourth and final area of the Analyzer. It allows you to create customized bar, column, and donut charts, crosstabs, and tables. These are best for analyzing non-relational data, identifying patterns, and sharing demographic data.

Charts: Select from one of three types of charts to display data based on question responses, member attributes, or network scores. Use the styling settings to change the labels and appearance of your charts. Click the save icon at the top right to save your chart as a visualization you can add to reports or member profiles.

Crosstabs: This powerful tool allows you to compare responses across your network according to two different attributes, question responses, or network scores, to identify patterns across your community partners. It is a quick and easy way to compare group responses by sector, focus area, type of engagement, or other attributes to see if there are significant differences or similarities across groups. The ability to add these graphs to your reports and profiles is in development and coming soon.

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