Tools & Methods

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Debating Statements

This is a reflection method we use in various courses of CDI. In this 3 min video you will get an illustration of the ‘Debating Statements’ method facilitated by Femke Gordijn in the ’Market Access for Sustainable Development’ course 2013.

Reflection Cards

This is a reflection method we use in various courses of CDI. In this 3 min video you will get an illustration of the ‘Reflection Cards’ method facilitated by Femke Gordijn in the ‘Market Access for Sustainable Development’ course 2013

Margolis Wheel

This is a reflection method we use in various courses of CDI. In this 3 min video you will get an illustration of the ‘Margolis Wheel’ method (also called Speed Dating) facilitated by Femke Gordijn in the ‘Market Access for Sustainable Development’ course 2013.

Rich Picture

What is a Rich Picture?

A rich picture is a drawing of a situation that illustrates the main elements and relationships that need to be considered in trying to intervene to create some improvement. 

Stakeholder Interests, Roles and Skills

Aim of the tool To help stakeholders get clarity why they want to enter a multi-stakeholder partnership, what they expect from other stakeholders, and what skills/competencies are required to make the partnership work.
When to use it? This tool is good to use in workshops with various stakeholders present. It helps to have good conversations among stakeholders about different interests and roles in the partnership: stakeholders assess themselves, but also assess the other stakeholders, and then discuss these opinions and perceptions. Step 3 of this tool is optional. The tool is mainly for group facilitation, but could be adapted for research purposes.

Stakeholder Characteristics & Roles Matrix

Aim of the toolTo help make an ‘initial sweep’ of stakeholders and their characteristics, and to identify roles of stakeholders.
When to use it?This tool can be used when initiating an MSP, but also to review a situation with an established MSP. Roles of stakeholders may for example change over time, requiring an update of previous stakeholder analysis.

Conflict style test

Aim of the tool To help participants understand their preferred behaviour in conflict situations.
When to use it? This tool can be used as a catalyst to open discussions and facilitate learning about how conflict-handling styles affect personal and group dynamics.

Forms of Power

Aim of the toolTo help reflect on different expressions of power, and faces (visible, hidden, invisible) of power, in an MSP. The tool helps to give language to several common notions of power dynamics.
When to use it?This tool can be used in all stages of an MSP. Often it works best when done with a specific group of stakeholders (such as civil society representatives)

Power Ranking

Aim of the tool To help participants experience that every person has different kinds of rank and privileges. These attributes can give a certain level of power.
When to use it? This tool can be used with groups who want to be sensitized about how rank affects power positions. Only to be used if there is basic trust within the group. The exercise generates lots of energy in groups.

Power Matrix

Aim of the tool To review and revisit power concepts and frameworks and explore participants’ realities and issues related to power.
When to use it? This is an outline for a full-day workshop, synthesize understanding about power and deepen problem analysis. It assumes a ‘problem tree analysis’ (tool 2) has been carried out. The tool can be shortened and adapted but this requires care.

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