Systems maps can look very simple, but getting there actually requires a lot of collaborative research.
A system map involves researching the perspectives from different parts of the system: experts, stakeholders and intended beneficiaries. It requires taking both a 'bird's eye view' of facts and figures, what the experts are investigating, and 'on the ground' localized knowledge of everyday people.
Each of the tabs in this guide provides resources for researching these different perspectives.
From research to synthesis: towards a systems map
If you're starting out with a general topic or issue, here are some questions to guide your research in order to identify system elements, relationships and dynamics: