1. Your Questions
2. Our Approach
A free toolkit to help you make informed decisions, SteerPlex presents the 'steering' approach to managing complex systems, alongside access to, and information on, a range of tools. These include formal models, participatory workshop approaches, and data analysis techniques, developed to aid users when addressing specific questions and issues. All of these tools and the 'steering' approach are available here, free of charge.
Making decisions on your organisation's strategies and policies is difficult. It involves understanding many factors and influences, and incorporating the views of different people, both within and outside your organisation. SteerPlex's tools are designed to help you make better decisions by bringing together diverse factors and views. The tools won't necessarily give you specific answers, but their use will likely improve your understanding of a situation, its structure and dynamics, and the views of key people in your area.
SteerPlex has been designed to be used by anyone. We imagine the most common types of users will be people working in businesses, local and national government, and non-governmental organisations, concerned with strategic decision-making.
Each of the tools in SteerPlex has been designed and tested in a participatory manner with stakeholders from our two case studies. These stakeholders, and many others we have presented the tools to, and worked with, have found the tools useful.
SteerPlex contains information on nine tools. Some are ready to use today, with instructions included for this. Some are more suited to being explored today but need to be applied to each problem or issue, requiring specific expertise or resources; for these tools introductions are given. SteerPlex also provides information on what types of questions the tools can be used for, background information on Complexity Science, which inspired the design of the tools, and an overview of the 'Steering Complex Adaptive Systems' framework - our approach to managing systems and informing decisions.