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.

Trendline

Trendline

Aim of the tool

  • Participatory reflection on changes which have occurred over time
  • Explore participants’ perceptions of change

When to use it?

Early phase of an MSP: Issue exploration and Shared language

 

Six Thinking Hats

Tool 28

Aim of the tool

To look at a decision or problem from different perspectives to achieve a complete and rounded view of the situation.

When to use it?

In the Divergence stage, or Convergence stage, where the quality of analysis is crucial for the best possible decisions.

 

Tags: Divergence

Rich Picture

Tool 3

Aim of the tool

To help participants understand the complexity of an entire situation.

When to use it?

At the connection stage, when you want stakeholder to explore the issue at stake. It can also be used to review a situation with an established MSP. 

 

Tags: Connection

Role plays

Tool 26

Aim of the tool

Developing communicative skills, creating in depth understanding of a situation and other stakeholders’ perspectives

When to use it?

Role plays can be used in many stages of an MSP, in particular when there is an element of capacity building involved.

 

Tags: Divergence

Problem definition worksheet

Tool 8

Aim of the toolAnalyze the problem you are working on
When to use it?Connection stage, when the focus lies on defining
the issue at stake
 

 

Tags: Connection

Power ranking

 Tool 30

Aim of the tool

To help participants experience that every person has different kinds of rank and privileges, and how this influences group power dynamics.

When to use it?

Divergence stage, to sensitize groups 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.

 

Tags: Divergence

Human Spectrogram

Tool 2

Aim of the tool

  • To discover similarities and differences within a group
  • To get a spectrum of comments on an issue

When to use it?

Especially at the connection stage. It can be used to surface similarities and differences in a group, or as an icebreaker exercise or energizer. It helps stakeholders to get to know each other.

 

Tags: Connection