Tools for Problem Indentification and Analysis


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Presentation delivered during the URBACT Training for Elected Representatives Seminar 1 (8-10 April 2013, Brussels) "Integration. How to break silos and develop integrated and place-based solutions that cross the boundaries of government bodies, disciplines, or municipal borders?"

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Tools for Problem Indentification and Analysis

  1. 1. Tools for problem indentification and analysis
  2. 2. Problem tree analysis• Identifying problems, their causes, their roots• In a collaborative setting• Designing solutions and objectives• There are alternative methods
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  5. 5. Step 1 - Formulate the problemsGroup brainstormParticipants should discuss and try and agree onone focal problem.
  6. 6. Step 2: Elaborate the problem treeIdentify the causes of the focal problem – the rootsof the Tree –…. and then identify the consequences – whichbecome the branches.
  7. 7. The heart of the exercise is the discussion,debate and dialogue
  8. 8. Exercise: Make a problem tree, in groupsCore Problem: A very high % of unemployed migrants inone city quarterThe discussion group has the following members:1. School teacher2. Owner of a large multinational company3. Unemployed immigrant4. Director of the cities’ employment office5. Owner of a small retail shop in the area6. Social worker7. xxxCreate a problem tree. You have about 30 minutes!!!
  9. 9. Discussion issues:Which causes and consequences are getting better, which aregetting worse and which are staying the same?What are the most serious consequences?Which causes are easiest / most difficult to address?Where could a policy change help address a cause orconsequence?
  10. 10. From problems to solutionsA solution (also called objectives) tree is developed byreversing the negative statements that form the problemtree into positive ones.
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  12. 12. From solutions to objectives"Objectives are statements of specific outcomes that are tobe achieved”Example: “more people going to work by bike”SMART:SpecificMeasurableAttainableRelevantTime-bound(Evaluate)(Re-evaluate)Title of presentation I Wednesday 14 December 2011 I Page 13
  13. 13. Solutions to objectivesRe-statesolutions asobjectivesScreen by thoseLSG can addressIdentify partners’priority objectives(i.e.. by voting)
  14. 14. Prioritisation GridImpactFeasibilityLow HighLowHigh
  15. 15. ExerciseMake a solutions treeIf your group is fast:Turn solutions into objectivesPut them in the prioritization grid
  16. 16. Advantages of the Problem TreeThe problem can be broken down, which helps to prioritize andfocus objectives;Better understanding of the problem and its causesIt can help establish whether further information, evidence orresources are needed to make a strong case, or build aconvincing solution;The process of analysis helps build a shared sense ofunderstanding, purpose and action.
  17. 17. QuestionsWhat are the 3 keylessonsfrom the seminarthatyoucouldapply in your cityHow and whatwillyou report back to your local supportgroupTitle of presentation I Wednesday 14 December 2011 I Page 18