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Tools & Methods

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Task analysis checklist

Aim of the tool
To help identify the roles of stakeholders

When to use it?
It is used when you want to explore the different roles stakeholders could play in future interventions

Inferred mapping

Aim of the tool
To help identify stakeholders and help determine their influence and willingness to support the intervention

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

Social network analysis (SNA)

Aim of the tool
To structure relationships, collaboration, information flows. You can look at one point in time and compare it with another

When to use it?
This tool can be used at the beginning of an intervention process. It can also be used for evaluation purposes. Roles of stakeholders may change over time, and this means that you will have to update your stakeholder analysis.

Power-Interest grid for stakeholder participation

Aim of the tool
To be able to prioritize your stakeholders; it helps you know who the supporters and detractors of your intervention are

When to use it?
This tool can be used when you want to know how to strategically work with your stakeholders

Political analytical tool (PAT)

Aim of the tool
PAT helps you to deepen your understanding of a particular context in terms of the politics, the social and political structuring, and the historical context. It helps you to visualise political/power relationships in networks.

When to use it?
This software can be used on existing intervention processes where historical analysis is relevant. It is less suitable for participatory workshops, but it can help to validate the diagram made by participants.

Venn diagram

Aim of the tool
To illustrate the extent to which individuals, organisations, services and interventions interact or overlap with each other, their importance and relationships with each other

When to use it?
To be used when you want to understand the relationship between your intervention and other stakeholders as well as their relationships and importance relative to each other. You can use this during M&E to see changing relationships

Participation analysis matrix

Aim of the tool
To identify and describe the stakeholders (in terms of their attributes, interrelationships and interests) in relation to your development intervention. It also helps you to identify which group of stakeholders to involve and in which way in the intervention.

When to use it?
When you want to learn more about the key features of your stakeholders

Fast arrangement mapping

Aim of the tool
To get a quick picture of players and their influence

When to use it?
In the starting phase of an analysis of a multi-stakeholder process (MSP). This is a tool to get a quick and good overview of the players who are active in a multi-stakeholder arrangement.

Network mapping/ Net-mapping

Aim of the tool
To identify and describe stakeholders (in terms of their attributes, interrelationships and interests) in relation to an intervention or resource. It highlights the relationships between stakeholders and their influence on the issue being addressed

When to use it?
It can be used as a research tool. It can also be used as a tool for organisational development and strategic network planning

The Alignment, Interest and Influence Matrix

Brief description

The Alignment, Interest and Influence Matrix (AIIM) is a tool that not only helps to identify the main stakeholders, but also suggests a possible course of action towards them. The tool was developed as part of the RAPID outcome mapping approach. This approach helps to develop strategies that involve a number of intervention types. At the core of the approach is the identification of the intervention's audience.

This tool was developed by Enrique Mendizabal.