Social Network Analysis of an Australia Awards Leadership Program cohort
This report explores the connections, networks and long-term outcomes of a group of alumni who were part of the Australia Awards Leadership Program (AALP) in 2013 and 2014. The AALP was offered to a select group of individuals participating in the Australia Awards from countries around the world. It was designed to build leadership skills and capacity to develop reform strategies through professional development and to promote cross-country partnerships through face-to-face opportunities for awardees to network with one another.
Using innovative social network analysis, this case study investigates whether the networking objectives of the AALP were met. Specifically, the research examined if AALP alumni in the target cohort: (1) developed connections with their AALP peers during their participation in the program; and (2) maintained connections with their AALP peers seven to eight years after being on-award. One hundred and twenty-nine alumni from this program responded to an online survey assessing their attitudes towards Australia, their AALP experience and their social networks with fellow AALP alumni.