Tool Overview

In this section you can browse through the many tools and processes in the toolbox. To find tools in specific contexts, have a look at the Toolboxes section.

3Ps power circles

To deepen analysis about how power relationships work at 3 differen...

Access and control matrix

To analyse who has the power to access and control different resour...

Action plan matrix

To support participants to develop a community action plan.Steps Co...

Activity mapping

To explore the different activities that women and men do each day ...

Agricultural map

To show the different crops grown and / or livestock kept in a comm...

Balloons and stones

To help identify factors that might help or hinder you in your work...

Body map

To explore issues around health and sexuality, women’s rights and v...

Body map - power within and power to

To facilitate critical analysis about shifts in ‘power within and p...

Bridge

To develop or evaluate an action plan.The image of a bridge over a ...

Card sort - problem prioritisation

To prioritise issues identified by the community.After identificati...

Care sharing square

To help identify actors that can support and share an individual's ...

Chapatti diagram

To explore relationships between things – particularly the relative...

Chapatti diagram - spaces of power

To explore power relationships between organisations and people, fo...

Citizens' budget

To share information about a budget in a clear and simple way. Budg...

Citizens' voice

Citizens' voice is an approach to citizen journalism that can suppo...

Cobweb for rights analysis

To help understand the rights situation and of different groups in ...

Community meetings - monitoring

To enable community members and other stakeholders to meet regularl...

Community power map

To map spaces of power in a clear, visual way and presenting local ...

Community scorecard

To help groups assess services, facilities programmes or projects r...

Criteria ranking matrix

To rank different items / issues against a set of criteria.Steps in...

Daily activity chart

To help participants to analyse how their time is used each day.The...

Diamond ranking

To set priorities after a discussion or a brainstorm.Steps in the p...

Flow chart

To help make sense of different processes or complex systems - to e...

Focus group discussion

To bring together a group of individuals with similar interests or ...

Forcefield analysis

To identify helpers and spoilers – people, organisations or events ...

Forum theatre

To help people explore how they might change their reality and rehe...

Gatekeeper tool

To identify people who can help you access duty bearers relevant to...

Helping relationship spiderweb

To explore the web of people and organisations that can support a p...

Household expenditure wallet

To explore how households distribute their income to provide care.T...

Ideal future map

To discuss what the participants would like to see in their villa...

Income and expenditure calendar

To analyse income and expenditure over the year of an individual, h...

Income and expenditure pie chart

To analyse the relative allocation of an individual or organisation...

Income and expenditure tree

To analyse income and expenditure of an individual, household or or...

Kite - grounding international work

To explore how international campaigns can be grounded and linked t...

Leaky pot

To explore how governments lose revenue through tax avoidance and c...

Local tax indicators - what have we achieved?

A list of indicators for LRP staff to categorise and assess their g...

Maps

To present local information, problems and opportunities in a clear...

Master suppression techniques and counter strate...

Master suppression techniques can be used as an analytical tool to ...

Mobility map

To explore where people go, for what reasons, the frequency of thei...

Monitoring Matrix of Information Access

This tool was developed to support civil society organizations, cit...

Monitoring Matrix of Local Fees and Taxes

This tool has been developed to support community organizations, di...

Natural resources map

To identify the natural resources within a community and to discuss...

Pairwise ranking matrix

To compare a set of issues and find out which is the most important...

Participatory expenditure tracking

To track the flow of public resources through different levels of g...

Peeling the onion

To uncover and facilitate a process of deeper analysis about differ...

People’s caravan

To raise awareness or lobby on an issue.  A group of people travell...

Pillars of power

Use pillars of power analysis tool to identify the institutions wit...

Power flower

To look at shifts in different forms of power. The power flower too...

Power line

To help participants explore the unequal distribution of power amon...

Problem tree

To explore cause and effect.A tree can be used to explore cause and...

Process diagram

To show the different stages involved in a process, including detai...

Public services map

To analyse the state of a public service (e.g. education) and the i...

Public service trust diagram

To explore the levels of trust in public services in a community.St...

Report card (for documenting issues)

To document issues, identifying who is impacted and how and who is ...

Ripples of change

To assess the levels of change resulting from a programme or projec...

River

To explore the history of an individual, community or organisation....

Role play

To analyse issues and to rehearse speaking up in new situations or ...

Role play - understanding tax

The idea of ‘tax’ is explored through a role play. Topics should be...

Safety map

To identify safe and unsafe areas in a city or community.This exerc...

Safety walk

To identify areas in the community that are safe and unsafe for wom...

Seasonal calendar

To help participants to analyse the distribution of agricultural wo...

Simple ranking matrix

To rank issues according to their importance to the group. StepsIf ...

Social audit

To collect and present evidence about a programme or service.      ...

Social map

This is a bird’s eye view of a village that shows the demographic d...

Solutions matrix

To explore possible solutions to a particular issue or set of issue...

Spectrum of allies

Movements seldom win by overpowering the opposition; they win by sh...

Suggestion box

To enable citizens to submit anonymous complaints, suggestions or q...

Systems diagram

To help make sense of a system, exploring the interdependence of di...

Tax Biscuit

The fact that big foreign companies are taking more from poor count...

Tax body map

A body map is used to look at the effects of not having public serv...

The ideal school – paying twice for education

The idea that tax-pays-for-education is explored through a school m...

The market mountain - multiple taxation

Participants explore tax problems at the market place, including th...

The tax cow

The image of a cow is used to explore the idea of tax collection.Ob...

The ‘tax-pays-for’ photo

The relation between tax and public services is explored through a ...

The tax scale – tax holidays for locals or for b...

With this tool participants explore the concept of tax holidays in ...

The tax stones

To introduce the idea of tax systems that help the poor (tax justic...

Timeline - action planning

To plan for action by marking key activities on a timeline or 'yard...

Timelines

To track changes or document the history of a community or organi...

Traffic light ranking

Stickers or markers of three colours - red, yellow and green - are ...

Transect walk

A transect walk is a systematic walk along a defined path (transect...

Transparency board

To share information about government or NGO projects and programme...

Value for money grid

To review community or organisational costs related to a particular...

What is VAT? The shopping list.

Participants discuss what ‘VAT’ and ‘VAT  exemptions’ are b...

What would happen if ...?

To explore what happens to individuals and communities when care fo...

Who pays tax? The teacher, the vendor and the fa...

The facilitator uses a series of questions to three taxpayers (a te...