order to find out more about the composition of ECER/ VETNET participants,
we relate the data concerned to evidence on other networks: CEDRA, FORUM
and project partnerships (see figure 1). In particular,
we want to identify the proportion of ECER/ VETNET participants who have
also been involved in CEDRA or FORUM and/or project partnerships.
figure above shows this involvement by contrasting three ECER/ VETNET groups:
the Board members (aggregated over the 6 year period), the frequent participants
(2 to 6 times, also including the Board members) and the once-only participants.
It is obvious that a large majority of Board members and also a majority
of frequent participants are involved in several networks, while a small
minority of the once-only participants share this characteristic. This
comparison suggests that the frequency of ECER/ VETNET participation is
underpinned by a high degree of parallel network contacts.
the different size of these three groups should also be taken into account.
If those ECER/ VETNET participants who have been involved in other networks
are counted in each group, the absolute numbers are fairly close, in fact
equal between the groups of frequent participants and once-only participants.
On the other hand, the absolute numbers of ECER/ VETNET participants without
other network affiliations vary considerably between the three groups,
being five times as high among the once-only participants as against the
latter comparison of absolute numbers confirms the high correlation, already
observed for group three, between once-only participation in ECER/ VETNET
and lack of other network affiliations. The opposite case is less pronounced:
ECER/ VETNET participants involved in other networks are represented in
equal numbers among the once-only and the frequent visitors. However, even
at once-only visits these participants are likely to reinforce relations
with other participants of joint network contexts. Therefore the participants
involved in other networks are all potentially related to the core group
of frequent ECER/ VETNET participants.