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Actor Matrix

Aim of the tool
Get an overview of all relevant stakeholders and their interests, goals, instruments and problem perspective

When to use it?
This tool is useful at the beginning of an intervention but can also be used for evaluation purpose.

How difficult is it to use it?
Easy – moderate – for experienced users/facilitators

Tool for thought or tool for action?
Tool for thought and for action

A quick overview of relevant stakeholders

Issues to be aware of
No special issues

Description of the tool
Actor analysis, often based on information from literature study and interviews or done participative within a group of stakeholders, is a static representation of a very dynamic reality. So the analysis has to be updated often.


actor matrix

Steps needed when using the tool
The matrix can be filled after an inventory of goals, objectives, perceptions, means, influence and replaceability.


  • Enserink et al 2001
  • Enserink, Bert and Igor Mayer, 2002, Improving the strategic impact of policy making for diffuse water pollution through interactive inferred mapping of complex actor networks, International Water Association, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Diffuse Pollution, 30 sept - 4 oct. 2002 Amsterdam, pp.420-427.