Most current survey tools are optimized for capturing individual rather than network-level data. Those that do capture network data are often tedious and cumbersome.
Network Canvas is different.
It captures data about both the individual and their social network through intuitive and engaging touch-optimized interfaces, in a co-production environment. By representing abstract relationships and attributes visually, complex structural data becomes more tangible and simple to capture.
Through its three components – Architect, Server, and the Network Canvas application itself – social and behavioral researchers can easily design, capture, and export data on both their participants and the people and places with whom their participants interact.
Network Canvas is designed to be an end-to-end solution for complex data collection.
Surveys are built through our Architect app, run on the Network Canvas application, and data are managed through our Server. Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS are all supported for data collection.
Network Canvas divides data collection into a series of interactive screens, each designed to be simple and intuitively understood.
This minimizes the need for instructions and interviewer intervention, and helps the interviewee to feel empowered and engaged during the interview.
Network Canvas is developed as open source software for the whole research community.
You can watch our progress, create your own version, or contribute code and extensions. We consult researchers to ensure that Network Canvas meets their needs and not just ours.
We want the Network Canvas suite of tools to be high quality, safe for research, and built to last.
This means that our development process is mapped out in years, rather than weeks or months. However, there are many opportunities to become involved in the project, and to try out our tools before the stable release. Below you can find the key phases of the project summarized.
We are excited to announce that we have published an early exploration of the efficacy of the Network Canvas tool.
If you wish to reference our software in an upcoming paper or grant proposal, please use the following citation:
If you’re interested in Network Canvas, keep up to date with the project through our website, our mailing list, or contact us directly with any feedback or questions that you may have.
The Network Canvas project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (R01DA042711) and led by researchers in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University, with research partners at the University of Oxford, Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University, and an international advisory board of social network and public health researchers.