Table of contents

  1. Overview
  2. Sociogram


Sociograms are the visual mapping component of a network interview. On the Sociogram, participants draw ties between alters to signify the relationships between individuals within their personal network.

There are two sociogram Interfaces in Network Canvas - one for data collection and one for data display - that can be added to your study and configured in Architect.


When using the “Sociogram” Interface, participants position their alters and draw ties between them. The Interface can be used to create one or multiple edge types between alters in a participant’s network, and to collect alter attribute data by highlighting alters where the variable value is true.


  • Consider customizing the background image of the sociogram to orient participants to the activity or to add meaning to the layout variable (e.g. such as using quadrants).
  • Ensure that the prompts used on this Interface are edge creation prompts - questions about the relationships between alters.


  • Nodes positioned too close together may visually occlude one another or the edge between them. Caution participants not to place nodes directly on top of one another.