Steps methods #7 practical tasks and stages


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Steps methods #7 practical tasks and stages

  1. 1. STEPS Pathways Methods PART 7 Practical tasks and stages Professor Andy Stirling Co-director, STEPS Centre
  2. 2. SCOPING breadth of contexts GROUNDING depth of particularities TRIANGULATING relations and perspectives STEPS METHODOLOGY Do-it-yourself panels Power tools Co-operative research Accountability process Critical web access Participatory design Dissonance exploration Historiographic research Futures literatures Extended foresight Imaginaries analysis Visioning / backcasting Cross-scenario exploring Open space approaches Participatory soft systems Participatory appraisal Ethnographic immersion Targeted focus groups Iterative questionnaire Iterative group MCM Deliberative dissensus Bring power to powerless Critical literature review Influence mapping Alternatives assessment Millstone critical realism Social network analysis In-depth case study Discourse analysis Semantic structures Top-bottom comparison Semi-structured IVs Empathetic role play In-depth, open IVs participant observation MCM interviews Iterative Q method Cross-frame interrogation Monitoring / surveillance Uncertain hazard analysis Natural experiment Interdisciplinary challenge Transdisciplinary oversight Plural conditional advice Open network analysis Critical systematic review Agent-based modelling Repertory grids Interactive models / GIS Deliberative polling Precautionary appraisal Complex resilience analysis Post-normal science Sensitivity analysis Interval analysis Diversity mapping ... back to process: Contrasting configurations of methods are used in different contexts to meet specific methodological tasks at various stages in the social appreciation of alternative social, ecological and technological pathways. Each stage and task is thus situated in a space defined by different aspects of appraisal (scoping, focusing and linking) and by contrasting styles and dimensions of particular methods (outlined in the underlying grid). In this way, the overarching STEPS methodological framework helps inform both the selection and ordering of a diversity of methods suitable for addressing different aspects and dimensions in the ‘broadening out’ and ‘opening up’ of alternative pathways. help appreciate alternative pathways A: ENGAGE ACTORS – together: 1: review relevant histories 2: analyse associated networks 3: snowball salient interests 4: prioritise most marginal 5: examine power relations 6: identify basic pathway visions 7: be alert for hidden plurality 8: seek critical feedback B: EXPLORE FRAMINGS 1: review relevant histories 2: elicit notions of systems 3: explore related narratives 4: address Sustainability values 5: scope key possible pathways 6: review aspects of incertitude 7: differentiate perspectives 8: seek critical feedback D: REVEAL STRATEGIES 1: review relevant histories 2: confirm key protagonists 3: explore forms of agency 4: define possible interventions 5: review winners/losers 6: examine possible responses 7: establish accountabilities 8: seek critical feedback C: MAP DYNAMICS for each pathway: 1: review relevant histories 2: explore challenges/opportunities 3: scrutinise likely shocks/stresses 4: look at actors’ strength/weakness 5: examine decision/branch points 6: identify winners/losers 7: attend to issues of power/politics 8: seek critical feedback APPRECIATE PATHWAYS