Our Focus: Applying Network Analysis

Our work supports RAND researchers—and their clients—by applying methodological rigor to sometimes confounding questions. Here are some of our primary methods, with some examples and links.

Network Analysis

Network analysis is a set of methods and theories that helps researchers understand relationships between and among individuals and interconnected systems, and how those relationships affect outcomes. Our researchers use network analysis to help law enforcement, promote cardiovascular health, and reduce substance use, among many other topics.

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Social Media Analysis

Social media analysis allows researchers to analyze data obtained through social media, or evaluate the social media platforms themselves, to understand how user-created online communities share information and influence members. We work with the Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods and the Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis to develop tools to analyze social media data, understand how to fight disinformation online, and more.

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