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Table 1 Assumed links between network related mechanisms and network measures

From: Local networks of community and healthcare organisations: a mixed methods study

Network related mechanism Network measure Definition Indication
Navigation Number of connections   
  1 step reach (min–max) The mean of the number of organisations in the network that are reached within one step Higher one step reach indicates more knowledge of possibilities to navigate
  2 step reach (min–max) The mean of the number of organisations in the whole network that are within reach of two directed steps Higher two step reach indicates more knowledge of possibilities to navigate
Negotiation Reciprocity The extent to which ties are reciprocated Higher reciprocity indicates more potential coordination of activities
Contagion Density The proportion of all possible connections in a network that are actually present Higher density indicates shared decisions
  Centrality The degree that a network is organized around a single organisation Higher centrality indicates key players, which indicates more social influence from key players