Friday, January 18, 2008
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is coming up with an influence mapping tool. The tool was created by Eva Schiffer. It's "an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes." It's called NetMap. It's at the intersection of a game, a mapping tool, a strategic planning tool and something that can be used for community engagement. It looks like something that is both very hands-on, with board pieces, pens and paper, like a board game, but with potential for computer generated network analysis and diagramming as well.