sumApp | Ridiculously Simple Social Network Maps

. . . so we KNOW what a headache gathering self-reported relationship data can be!
We designed sumApp to make your job easier.

Tier II - 30 Day Free Trial - No Credit Card Required

Your Network Will Love It!

It’s the easiest tool we’ve ever met, for getting self-reported connection data.

New Upcoming Features

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The ability to set a member to show on a

tile in the connection panel but NOT be added to the map

(This allows a members who are unsure and might want to to opt-out to receive connections in case they want to opt-back-in at a later date ... when they see how cool and helpful the maps is)

ETA Beginning of May 2019

A two minute video on sumApp

sumApp Changes Everything

Old school social network mapping tools are. . . anti-emergent.

They’re like jumping off a cliff. It’s a big commitment & a big cost and once you jump, you can’t change your mind. You end up with a static snapshot of a moment in time – so you have to know how to get that moment perfect from the start. Which is a hard sell when most people still don’t ‘get’ the value

But that doesn't need to be the only way.

If you have the resources & the shared vision to pull that off, it’s lovely.

Hiring someone with the experience to guide the process & create your maps (using sumApp & Kumu, of course) is the fastest & easiest-for-everyone way to get a robust well-designed map.

All that experience & foresight & planning are great, if you can access them.

They’re especially important if you plan to use the map for evaluation purposes.gent.

But sometimes you just need to feel your way into a thing, break it down into baby-steps, meet people where they’re at & learn as you go – and why shouldn't that apply to network mapping?.

Because:

  • What if your population is a moving target?

  • What if you want to learn to do network mapping yourself?

  • What if you don’t have deep enough pockets to hire others to do the whole thing?

  • What if you just need to start SOMEWHERE and let it emerge – like we often do with other new collective activities & tools?

  • What if your network needs to evolve it’s thinking about mapping together, broken down into small steps?

  • What if you want to spread out the work & the learning, and have a team where each member takes on a different part?

  • What if your community just won’t participate, till there’s a relevant map they can engage with?

  • What if you want to visualize the map being developed in real time, at a gathering?

  • They shouldn’t have to forgo nourishing the network imagination, or the ability to identify & connect community assets, redirect flows, and identify what’s missing.

  • We believe that less-funded, less-established networks shouldn't miss out on the subtle paradigm shifts that mapping enables, just because they can’t get there by the established route.

sumApp shifts all that and more.

We built sumApp intending to solve 2 problems –

  1. Making the end-user interface more intuitive, usesr-friendly, and meaningful – so that asking people to share their connections wasn’t such a big deal, and

  2. Getting the data output structured specifically for network mapping – because that’s where the biggest barrier existed.

 

We solved those problems, and in the process, in our work with clients, we discovered that with some simple tweaks of our technical assumptions we could shift the whole paradigm for network mapping.

 

 

We call it EVERGREEN. It’s a simple concept – just leave the survey open. But it shifts all kinds of dynamics in ways we didn’t entirely anticipate.

 

 

With evergreen data-gathering – your network mapping project can be iterative & emergent. Everyone can learn together as you go. The tension between the initiated and the uninitiated disappears. And since you just keep the same sumApp project open, updating your map a tiny ‘ask’ for everyone involved.

sumApp Rock StarsumApp Makes You A Network Mapping Rock Star!

Don’t Fret Your Response Rate

Sure, it’s great to get a high initial response. But in some communities, that’s just NOT going to happen – we get that.

But since sumApp is evergreen, you can start with the willing, make your map cool & inviting, share it with the community – and we assure you (because we see it over and over) – once people have the end result to look at & mess with, they WANT to be on that map. And sumApp makes it simple.

Add New Members As They Join

Keeping sumApp evergreen means mapping doesn’t have to be an annual (or less frequent) event, and new members don’t have to feel left out in the meantime. Invite new members to do sumApp as they join you, and update the map monthly or weekly – it’s that easy!

 

Have No Fear Of Spreadsheet Gremlins

You might change a heading or two, but you’ll never have to worry about text-to-columns, concatenating, piping, depivoting (wtf is that!?! right?), & understanding which info goes on which sheet.

This data-structuring part is the ONE thing that requires the learning of hard-core geeks – and we’ve got that handled for you. So you can relax & have fun with the rest of it.

 

Let Your Survey Evolve

Network maps represent differently from bars & charts. The best questions for a network are different from other data-gathering purposes. It can take some iterations to figure out what’s really necessary for your members to know about one another, and for you to know about them.

With sumApp you can always change, remove, add to your questions – and it’s not a huge ask to get people to update it. Because everything else they’ve told you remains in place. It’s not a whole new survey. So you’re not penalized for not knowing what you don’t know to ask up front.

Reduce the Update ‘Ask'

Our clients always worry about the ‘ask’ – how much effort you’re requesting from your members. But no-one seems to mind connecting to others they know on FaceBook or Twitter. And with sumApp, it’s that simple. Quick, visual, personally meaningful and once it’s done, it’s done.

People are only asked to revisit sumApp if their status changes (like a job title), when new members are added (which only requires checking out who’s new & saying if they know them), or as relationships get stronger. It just FEELS different.

Plus, the ask is different when it’s coming directly from YOU!

Kumu Won’t Intimidate You Either

You simply start a new Kumu map, choose the SNA template, export your data from sumApp & import directly into Kumu – and you’ve got a honest-to-goodness social network map!

You can get fancy with decorations, clusters, & custom filtering, but that’s just icing on the cake.

We even provide instructions for all that fun icing in our sumApp slack team ?

 

And You WON’T Be Alone

Soon after you begin your sumApp trial, you’ll be invited to join our sumApp Slack Team, where we’ll answer all your questions & everyone can learn together.

Before sumApp After sumApp

Tier I

Tier I

  • Survey questions & options are editable

    • Even after project is launched (Yayy!!!)

  • Connection options are editable.

    • Even after project is launched (Yayy!!!)

  • Embed your map inside of sumApp!

    • The member view (i.e. the bio, survey, connections pages your members engage with) includes a map tab so you can embed your Kumu.io map directly into sumApp. This will enable members to view the map from the same link as they use to update their profile & connection data. No more making them go to another site to see the map. Cool, eh?

  • Include up to 3 email addresses per member.

    • So if they stop using one email, you’ll be able to reach them on another.

  • Merge members with multiple profiles into a single profile keeping all their connections made and received (inevitable that some members get add multiple times with different email addresses)

Tier II

Everything new in Tier I, plus:

  • Survey checkbox questions are able to limit the number of responses.

    • When you say ‘pick 3’, it will only allow 3. 

  • Survey can be split into sections, with header and description text blocks to help explain & give more context to the survey questions.

Tier III

Everything new in Tier II, plus:

  • Multi-modal connections.

    • Yep, you’ll finally be can ask more than one question about member’s relationships. And there will be more field types you can use there, as well. This feature is pretty exciting & we are eager to see how you’ll use it (like - links to project videos or other story-telling sites. . .).

  • Import pre-existing data about members - we think this is huge!

    • No more having to survey people on info they know you already have on them, just to ease getting it into the map. Info such as cohort years, gender, or other info you’ve collected about them elsewhere can be loaded directly into sumApp. It will show in the member's view of the survey & can be changed by the member if necessary.

  • Time tagging

Tier IV

Everything new in Tier III, plus:

  • A custom front-end selector, like the segment selector, made from responses to a survey question.

    • For instance, if you’re asking what issues they’re working on, you can enable them to filter the member panel based on answers to the issue question.

  • Survey a sub-set of your population, based on the same custom front-end selector.

    • For instance, using the ‘issues’ question above, you could email just the members who are interested in ‘Arts’, and only show them the others who selected ‘Arts’ as well. Useful for helping manage very large populations.

  • Import connections from a previous project into a new one.

    • Enable your highly-connected members to save connection-reporting time if they’re part of multiple overlapping networks and show up on several maps.

    • An easy way for a large repeating project to remove members who are no longer a part of the project.. a good way to keep the map clean up-to-date and pertinent

 

Features

  •        Kumu-ready data structure

    Structured with elements & depivoted connections to load directly into Kumu or other network visualization tools.
  •        Multiple data output formats

    1. Data can be downloaded into .csv files for edits (takes 5 minutes to update Kumu with new data), or:

    2. Downloaded in .json format (takes 2 minutes to update Kumu with new data), or:

    3. Live-linked in .json format (using Kumu's google-sheets link) If data is live-linked, changes made in sumApp will be reflected in Kumu immediately.
  •        Evergreen

    Project can be kept active so that new members can be added over time, and relationship changes can be recorded - without requiring members to re-complete the entire survey.
  •        In-App editing of fields

    Emails, names, etc. can be revised within sumApp after being imported
  •        Time-saving administration features

    Christine once had the job of managing lots of assessments, with the need for tons of hounding & handholding.

    So we designed sumApp with that experience in mind - to cut down on fiddly admin time.
  •        'Bio' & photo input

    Network members can upload a picture of themeselves to aid recognition.

    Gravitars are outomatically loaded.

    Also includes Tweet-sized profile/bio input.
  •        Member connections panel

    A scrolling panel of pop-up tiles that show network members pictures & bios.

    Can be filtered, sorted & searched.

    Members use to identify relationships with other members.
  •        Connection options are customizable

    You define the connection ranking from weak to strong.
  •        Merge profiles

    Merge a member with multiple profiles into a single profile.

    keeping ALL the unique connection from ALL profiles.
  •        Optional custom survey

    Additional survey page to gather member-specific demographic, interest, skill, motivation or other information. Use these fields in Kumu to cluster or filter based on interests, locations & other commonalities in the map.
  •     Planned enhancements for all Tiers

    Store up to three email addresses per member

    Embed Kumu map into a 'Map' tab in the survey interface - no more clicking elsewhere to see the map

    Ability to 'tag' timeframes so you can show changes to the network over time in Kumu

    Additonal data-output formatting for other mapping tools (such as Polinode, Gephi, Graph Commons, etc)

  •     Multi-Modal Connections

    Connections tiles can now include as many questions as you want. All field types available.

    Enable your members to tell the story of their connections, in text, video, images. . .

  •        Import pre-gathered data

    No more need to ask people about data you already have just to show it on the map. Load extra data into sumApp - such as cohort years, location, or any other information you already have about them. It will show in the survey where the member can change it if appropriate. It will be merged with sumApp data and come out formatted for Kumu.

    We got a lot of requests for this - we think it opens up a world of mapping possibilities.

  •        Time tagging

    Ability to clone & migrate network connections from one project to another

    Especially useful for large populations

    Saves well-connected members of overlapping networks from having to input the same connections repeatedly as you survey different groups
  •        Survey sub-set of population based on responses to a survey question

    This works in conjunction with the 'survey-based' selector.

    You can use the same question options to send survey invitation to a subset. Their survey link will automatically filter the total membership by their option.

    Especially useful with large populations.

  •        Organization-friendly language

    Hard-coded people-centric language can be edited to reflect organizations, programs, teams, initiatives, etc.
  •        Import connections from a previous project into a new one

    Enable your highly-connected members to save connection-reporting time if they’re part of multiple overlapping networks and show up on several maps.

    An easy way for a large repeating project to remove members who are no longer a part of the project.. a good way to keep the map clean up-to-date and pertinent
  •        Survey based selecyor

    like the segment selector, made from responses to a survey question.

    For instance, if you’re asking what issues they’re working on, you can enable them to filter the member panel based on answers to the issue question.

Tier I

$0Free forever!!
  • Pattern Finder
    Simple profile and connections scale
  • Up to 3 projects
  • Up to 1,500 members/survey takers per project
    No increase available
  • No payments ever!!
  • When available

Tier II

$15Monthly
  • Node Knower
    Simple profile, scaled connections and member survey
  • Single Network Project
  • 3 projects $38/month
    5 projects $52/month
    10 projects $90/month
    Subscribe here to ONE project, increase total projects in your account settings page.
  • Up to 1,500 members/survey takers per project
    We'll add the ability to increase that number for a minimal extra charge in future updates. Contact us if interested.
  • 30 days free
    No credit card needed!!
  • When available

Tier III

$33Monthly
  • Map Master
    For professional mappers & others with complex mapping needs.
  • Single Network Project
  • 3 projects $83/month
    5 projects $116/month
    10 projects $198/month
    Subscribe here to ONE project, increase total projects in your account settings page.
  • Up to 1,500 members/survey takers per project
    We'll add the ability to increase that number for a minimal extra charge in future updates. Contact us if interested.
  • Get 20% off when you subscribe annually
    Price will show in your sumApp 'My Account' tab
  • When available
  • When available

Tier IV

$45Monthly
  • Social System Ninja
    All the bells & whistles sumApp offers for human networks, applicable to non-human entities. i.e. language specific to organization to organization (or other) networks.
  • Single Network Project
  • 3 projects $113/month
    5 projects $158/month
    10 projects $270/month
    Subscribe here to ONE project, increase total projects in your account settings page.
  • Up to 1,500 members/survey takers per project
    We'll add the ability to increase that number for a minimal extra charge in future updates. Contact us if interested.
  • Get 20% off when you subscribe annually
    Price will show in your sumApp 'My Account' tab
  • When available
  • When available
  • When available

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