|Focus on the relations||The main unit of study is the relations between different actors. Actors may vary between individuals to organisations, NGOs and nations.||• Allows us to identify problems or issues based on the relations between actors.|
|Multilevel analysis||Different types of analysis can be conducted simultaneously, from small groups to large systems, organisations, movements or national and international systems.||• Allows for data analysis from different types of actors.|
• Combining different sets of data can provide a wider view of things and may provide a better picture of where protection is needed.
|Link between behaviour and structure||It can be used as a tool to investigate how the structure in a network may be influencing behaviour and vice versa: a tool to explain behaviour through the structure and composition of the network.||• Allows for a better understanding of where intervention is needed.|
|Combination and feedback with other social research methods||Network analysis can easily be combined with other methods and instruments.||• Ideal when network data is not easily attainable.|
• Network data may be complemented with other data sets.
• Allows space for respondents to discuss their network.