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This 75 minute video describes the problems with relying on common sense to deal with complex problems, as well as how to improve responses by optimising prediction using scenarios, and improved measurement and reaction. It also shows how social scientists are capitalising on the power of the internet for improving understanding of prediction. Video (1 […]
This framework presents a structured way to review all the possibilities for understanding and acting on a complex problem. The questions are: “What do we know about the problem? What can different interest groups and academic disciplines contribute to addressing this problem? What areas are contentious? What are the big-picture issues? In other words, what […]
Scoping of complex social and environmental problems can be undertaken using the following seven phase framework. Phase 1: Analyse the Context When did the problem attract attention? Who raised the problem? How was the decision to do something about the problem arrived at? What do those who raised the problem expect? What is their general […]
Purpose: To describe a way of identifying relevant stakeholders, to provide a way of prioritising which stakeholders to engage with and to specifically examine this stakeholder analysis method in a research context.
Purpose: To identify the key actors (stakeholders) who may be able to affect a policy outcome, especially whether or not they agree with the change proposed (alignment) and whether or not they are likely to take action (interest). To determine how a coalition seeking to achieve change might best interact with each of the identified […]
Purpose: To define who stakeholders are and what engagement with them is likely to contribute to a particular research project. Description: Discusses who stakeholders in research are, as well as reasons for engaging stakeholders. The benefits of stakeholder engagement are then further examined according to the type of engagement.  Defining ‘stakeholders’ The handbook (Durham et […]
Purpose: To decide on the extent of the stakeholder engagement to be undertaken, taking into account relevant contextual factors. Description: What is meant by the extent of the engagement is outlined first, followed by issues to consider in deciding the extent. Context is one of these issues and is described in a separate section. Extent […]
Purpose: To ascertain everyone who has a perspective or knowledge that may be useful to the research. Description: Four different approaches to identifying stakeholders are extracted from Durham and colleagues (2014). It can be helpful to use one or more of them in any project. In identifying stakeholders, it is important to be inclusive, at […]
Purpose: To identify key processes for successfully involving stakeholders in research. Description: Effective engagement with stakeholders involves: a) understanding their motivations, expertise and ability to engage, b) making engagement credible, relevant and legitimate, c) understanding what makes engagement successful and d) avoiding or managing challenges to engagement. Understanding your stakeholders It is helpful to understand […]
Purpose: Describes different levels of public participation and can be easily adapted to describe how researchers engage with stakeholders  Arnstein’s purpose in developing the ladder was to describe how ‘have-not’ citizen groups were exploited in government decision-making processes, as well as how much power stakeholders had in determining the final product Description: Arnstein’s ladder has […]

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