What is STARNET?
STARNET is a collaborative online platform that maps organizations and individuals working in civil society in Serbia. These actors include civil society organizations (CSOs), donors, public institutions, businesses, consultants, think-tanks, and researchers.
STARNET is dynamic
Unlike other network analysis tools that provide a static snap-shot of a sector's ecosystem, STARNET updates collaboration networks in real-time. Users who join STARNET can regularly update and monitor their evolving relationships and watch as their networks at the country, region, or global level changes over time.
STARNET is a tool for discovery
STARNET is designed to expose the roles different actors play within a system. STARNET users can easily and quickly identify the key resource hubs, active networkers, influencers, and brokers within networks as well as explore their own positions.
STARNET is empowering
STARNET provides members with critical information on how to leverage their influence and resources to maximize social impact, strategically build new partnerships, and spread ideas, standards, and practices across the civil society community.
STARNET enables your organization to map institutional relationships and to generate a visualization illustrating where you are positioned in relation to others. These maps are backed by powerful network analysis-derived statistical metrics to illuminate relationships and structures that may not be visible or intuitive.
How to participate in STARNET?
After you receive an invitation to STARNET, create an organizational profile and describe your organization's relationships with others in the network through short collaboration surveys. Update your relationships in real-time and immediately see a visualization of the civil society sector. Identify key actors and learn about your organization’s level of influence. Invite other organizations with which you collaborate to join STARNET and help to grow the network.
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The customization of the platform for Serbian civil society was made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the “Civil Society Forward” program, implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of ISC, USAID or the United States Government.