Tools & Methods

Mapping Dialogue - A research project profiling dialogue tools and processes


Author(s): Pioneers of Change Associates
Publication Date: 2006

Commissioned by GTZ and created by the Pioneers of Change Associates as an initial toolbox for the Nelson Mandella Foundation, this project aims to map varying dialogue processes for use by social change practitioners. The toolbox is separated into three sections:

Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit.


Author(s): Lederach, J.P. et alii. (Kroc Institute (University of Notre Dame) & CRS)
Publication Date: 2007

The goal of this Toolkit is to improve peacebuilders’ ability to be reflective practitioners; this involves enhancing  peacebuilders’ capacity to design and impact transformative change, and track and improve upon those changes over time, in unpredictable conflict contexts. 

Power Pack: Understanding Power for Social Change


Author(s): IDS
Publication Date: 2010

The Power Pack project is initiated by IDS as a response to requests from many people for more practical and conceptual methods, materials and resources to help them think about and respond to power relations

Generative Change Communities Process Inquiry Protocol


Author(s): Generative Change Community (GCC)
Publication Date: 2007 

The Generative Change Community (GCC) is a global community of practice that nurtures and promotes generative dialogic change processes for an equitable and sustainable world. The community seeks to integrate individual, organizational, and societal transformation through dialogic processes and initiatives. The GCC Process Inquiry Protocol is intended to support the community in pursuing this learning agenda.

The Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: A Practical Guide to Theory Development


Author: Anderson, A. A.
Publication Date: 2006

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change developed an approach to help community builders create the most robust theories of change possible. This guide is designed for planners and evaluators who are going to facilitate a process for creating a theory of change with community-based programs and community change initiatives.

Power: A practical guide for facilitating social change


Author(s): Raji Hunjan and Jethro Pettit
Publication Date: October 2011

The handbook is designed primarily for those who want to explore issues of power over a sustained period of time through workshops, one to one mentoring, and self-reflection. However, it can also be used by those who wish to start with an introduction to power analysis through stand-alone workshops. To this end, the handbook presents clear instructions, tips/suggestions and discussion points for use by the reader as practitioner.

Power Tools: Handbook to Tools and Resources


Author: Sonja Vermeulen
Publication Date: 2005

Describing power tools as policy tools to address asymmetries between marginalised groups and those who marginalise them, this guidebook presents 26 separate tools for use in the natural resource management policy-making arena. 

The Partnering Toolbook


Author: Ros Tennyson
Publication Date: 2003

Based on  the experiences of practitioners of innovative, successful partnerships, the Partnering Toolbook is a concise step-by-step guide for those who are initiating a multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP).

Learning with Stakeholders: A Keystone Guide to Stakeholder Dialogue


Author: Keystone

Publication Date: September 2006

This comprehensive guide and toolkit begins by discussing stakeholder dialogue as an essential process of societal learning, necessitated as a result of the varying backgrounds, interests, priorities, levels of access and overall capabilities of different relevant stakeholders.  Dialogue between the stakeholders can help to determine:

Institutional Development: Learning by Doing and Sharing Approaches and tools for supporting institutional development


Author(s):  European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

This booklet presents a number of experiences, practices and tools used in institutional development (ID). The value of the tools lies not so much in their nature as in the way they are used.