Network Weaving for Regional Development on the Tip of the Great Northern Peninsula

Funding: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Overview of Project

Networks of individuals and organizations that nurture creativity and innovation are important for regional sustainability and development. These social networks help create learning regions with the ability to experiment, innovate and adapt to changing circumstances. Networks among individuals and organizations from both within and outside an area can assist in mobilizing and allocating resources.

The goal of this action research project was to explore the nature of development networks in the St. Anthony – Port au Choix Rural Secretariat Region (tip of the Northern Peninsula). It examined the contribution that network relationships make to development and the role that network leaders can have in enhancing regional development processes and outcomes. The project focused on efforts that address fisheries, forestry, tourism and education/research sectors as identified local priorities.

The project explored the following questions:

  1. What is the nature and extent of development linkages and networks on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, including both local and external ties?
  2. How have interactions within these networks contributed to local and regional development initiatives and outcomes?
  3. How can development networks and their contributions to development be further enhanced through network analysis and facilitation (“networking weaving”)?

The project carried out surveys and interviews with individuals inside and outside of the region who have been involved with the sectors of interest and/or who have been involved with development initiatives on the tip of the Northern Peninsula. The project analyzed the results using social network analysis software to see which people/organizations emerge as being central to the network. In addition, analysis was conducted regarding responses to see how these local networks can be used to build relationships between different sectors and between different communities to support the region.

Project Outputs