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The aim of this analysis is to determine “who or what really counts”. Although developed in a business context, the analysis has broader relevance.

Power, legitimacy and urgency are defined as follows:

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This tool aims to identify the primary stakeholders, as well as suggesting how best to interact with them. It was developed to influence policy in development settings and is usually conducted as a group process with diverse participants, who have insights into different aspects of the policy and the relevant key players.

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Stakeholder and citizen participation in research and other processes can vary from tokenistic to genuine engagement. An eight-step ladder of participation, developed by Sherry Arnstein in 1969, provides a useful description of different kinds of engagement, especially how much power stakeholders have in determining the final product.

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This online toolkit provides descriptions of a range of methods for stakeholder engagement, listed below. As well as providing a general overview, each method is described using the following categories: participants, cost, approximate time expense, strengths, weaknesses and origin. Videos are provided for some methods.

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This video of an hour-long workshop introduces the core concepts and patterns of thought of the system dynamics approach to complex problems: thinking dynamically, thinking causally, thinking about accumulations, and the key to it all, thinking endogenously.

The encyclopedia is a searchable online database of concepts that support the advancement of cybernetic and systems research and applications. There are more than 3,800 entries.

Systems archetypes are recurring generic systems structures found in many kinds of organisations, under many circumstances, and at many levels and scales. They are distinctive combinations of reinforcing and balancing processes. These system archetypes teach how to diagnose recurring problems and to design effective interventions.

This resource archive covers system dynamics modeling; agent-based modeling; and social network analysis. It contains videos, slides, lecture details, and bibliographies from the Institute on Systems Science and Health (ISSH).

The Team Science website provides four education modules. The module on team science covers: 1) team conflicts and resolutions, 2) incentives and disincentives to collaborative research, 3) communication techniques and 4) evaluation methods.

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The Team Science Toolkit is a “user-generated collection of information and resources that support the practice and study of team science.” It is hosted by the National Cancer Institute at the US National Institutes of Health. The toolkit has resources relevant for many kinds of team work. The toolkit features:

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