Systems maps can look very simple, but getting there actually requires a lot of collaborative research.
What kind of research goes into 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:
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 guides provides resources for researching these different perspectives.