Social network analysis: How to guide

This guide is intended to help local areas and police forces use intelligence data to undertake social network analysis of their local gang issues.


Social network analysis: How to guide

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The aim of social network analysis is to understand a community by mapping the relationships that connect them as a network, and then trying to draw out key individuals, groups within the network (‘components’), and, or associations between the individuals.

Social network analysis can provide information about the reach of gangs, the impact of gangs, and gang activity. The approach may also allow you to identify those who may be at risk of gang-association and/or being exploited by gangs.

Published 13 January 2016