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Supras uses three main sets of methods and methodological approaches or tools in its work. They are presented on these pages, including how they relate to each other. Separate pages that are common to all three methods address terminology, documents and links.

Overview and introduction

The three basic methods and approaches are: (1) Participation and participatory approaches, (2) Stakeholder analysis, and (3) Social analysis. There is a certain logic in the order in which these three sets of methods are listed, and which speaks to the close mutual relationship between them:

  1. Participation and participatory approaches are the intuitive starting point for all development activities, including investment operations. It should be understood as practice, theory and analytical approach. It follows that participation and participative approaches are, at one and the same time, tools for achieving specific outcomes and impacts, as well as these very outcomes and impacts. In other words, participation and participative approaches represent both means and goals in a particular development activity and investment operation.
  2. Stakeholder analysis represents a structured approach to researching and assessing the specific character of participation and participatory approaches.
  3. Participation and participatory approaches together with stakeholder analysis are here understood as the foundation – in terms of theory as well as practice – of the broader methodological approach of social analysis.

The following sets of general methods and methodological approaches are available:

  1. Participation and participatory approaches
  2. Stakeholder analysis
  3. Social analysis

LinkedIn’s group “Stakeholder analysis”

Access the dedicated webpages for this LinkedIn group here.