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Purpose: To understand how to make social movements fueled by social media more effective. Description: Zeynep Tufekci explores how social media both empowers and weakens social movements and how the weakening can be overcome. She uses a number of modern cases to demonstrate the strengths of social movements, especially: raising awareness which is essential to […]
Purpose: To help a research or policy-making group come to terms with the feedback dynamics of the system which characterises the problem they are interested in. The intent is to learn just enough about the way that feedback operates in the system-of-interest, that they can identify and explain its main effects. The aim is to […]
This guide for researchers in socio-economic sciences and humanities provides help in creating policy briefs, project websites, flyers and brochures. It offers insights into dealing with the press and contains suggestions on how to organise a final project conference. The aim is to “build a functional communications interface between researchers and policymakers.” The key topics […]
This handbook presents communication tools grouped under the headings of planning, packaging, targeting and monitoring tools. Tools include problem tree analysis, visioning scenarios, blogging and outcome mapping. The tools are specifically geared towards the needs of researchers in civil society organisations. They are a product of the work of the Overseas Development Institute’s Research and […]
This video describes how a complexity science based toolbox, especially different types of modelling, is used in complex multiple use environments, such as the coastal zones of Australia, to examine different scenarios for sustainable fishing options. The video starts by describing elements of complexity such as operating at scales from minute organisms up to areas […]
Purpose: To enhance the use of evidence in government policy making, by providing a systematic approach to understanding key dimensions of strategic decision-making in government institutions. Description: The framework provides six main dimensions of political context: macro-context: the overarching forces (structural and circumstantial) at the national level that establish the “bigger picture” in which policy […]
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Purpose: To stimulate thinking about the political and institutional environment, especially: How it affects the persistence of a particular problem Where reform is most likely to come from Implications for the use of research-based evidence. Description: This thinking tool has 5 questions. 1. Which branch of government holds the key to change?   This involves […]
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Purpose: To demonstrate how games based on models can assist decision making and change on complex problems. Description: This video demonstrates how well-designed games, with skilled facilitation, empower players to make better decisions. When those with power to make change are the players, games can assist in finding innovative ways to make progress on difficult […]
ICTAM is a step-wise method for bringing qualitative mental models into formal quantitative simulation models. The ICTAM acronym stands for the key methods used throughout the process: Interviews, Cognitive mapping, Time-sequence Unified Modelling Language (UML), All-encompassing framework, and numerical agent-based Models. The process starts by conducting semi-structured interviews with stakeholders. The purpose is to collect data […]
Purpose: To systematically solicit and collate expert judgments on a particular topic, which also provides a structured way for the experts to build on each other’s ideas. Description: Each expert is asked for their judgment on a topic using a questionnaire or interview; this does not require the experts to meet. The responses are collated and summarised and returned to the experts before proceeding with a second round of questions about the topic, often leading to voting on a particular question...

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