Special Competition for Social Network Questions

The Civic Health and Institutions Project, a 50 States Survey (CHIP50) is a National Science Foundation funded initiative. Investigators propose surveys to be fielded on samples from all or a large number of states or very large national samples. See here for more information.

We are pleased to announce a Special Competition for work focused on advancing knowledge about social networks: their predictors, structure, and/or consequences. Winning projects will be allowed to field survey modules for a sample of roughly 15,000 Americans (weighted to be nationally representative).  

The proposed questions can involve measuring additional network characteristics and/or assessing the correlates of social networks. The data come from a sample of roughly 15,000 (weighted to be nationally representative).

In addition to standard demographic variables, the survey will include an ego-network battery and an aggregated relational data question, as described below. Proposals can expand on those items or add other individual or network questions. Each proposal can include 10 items (each item in a grid counts as .5). An ego-network question includes a five-row grid (one for each alter), which counts as 2.5 items.

Submissions for the Special Competition are welcome at any time until the deadline of May 15, 2024. Applicants should include “Social Network Competition” in the project’s title and identify the proposal as such when asked on the submission form. The survey will likely be fielded in July 2024.

Please access here to see how to submit, including what information is needed in a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact CHIP50StatesSurvey@gmail.com. Proposals can be submitted here. The project anticipates accepting four proposals.

The following ego-network questions will already be included in the survey and thus do not count toward the 10 items in the proposed module:

1)    A name generator that elicits five strong tie alters.
2)    Alter-alter relationships (yes/no).
3)    Alter relations to ego (family, friend, coworker, classmate).
4)    Frequency of ego-alter interaction over the past week (not at all -- several times a day).
5)    Gender, race/ethnicity, age, and education category of the alters.
6)    Political affiliation of the alters.

The aggregated relational data question included in the survey asks respondents about the number of people they know who are: African-American, Hispanic/Latino, born outside of the US, Democrats, Republicans, have a graduate degree, are unemployed, work in science or research, and work in health or medicine.