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Complex Control Tool:

an interactive web-tool


The Complex Control Tool (CCTool) is used to build and analyse causal models of your system. Typically, the causal models are based on Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM) and built in a participatory manner with a range of stakeholders

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Why should I use the CCTool?

CCTool extends the potential for creation and analysis of fuzzy cognitive maps. It provides a thinking tool which can be used for discussion and exploration of complex issues, as well as sense checking the implications of suggested causal links. Such ‚Äúhands on‚Äù complexity science can also increase stakeholder motivation and understanding of the scope of whole systems approaches. 

The CCTool Interface: view your FCM (top left), information about nodes (top right), and analysis (bottom left and central)




The CCTool allows you, your team, or groups of stakeholders, to quickly and easily create simple causal models of the system you want to manage: your region; supply chains or industrial network for example. Individuals or groups can create simple network models of a problem domain based on “on the ground” knowledge without the need for quantitative or detailed information. Just decide on the important factors and then add connections to represent how they influence each other. Models can include factors from any domain from economic to social.controlnodediagram

Using your model, our tool will instantly calculate your system’s possible leverage points, the factors which could most effectively be used to influence the rest of the system. These factors provide you with starting points for designing the most effective management interventions for the whole system and indicate where the system is vulnerable to external change. Combine this with the controllability of different factors from your perspective to produce bespoke results for your situation. Our tool will find and analyse different control configurations to calculate which sets of factors could most readily be used by your organisation to steer the system’s development.

Begin using the CCTool

You can visit the CCTool website at You may find it helpful to contact Alex Penn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further advice using the tool. In addition, you may find it useful to consult the FCM tool which provides a guide to developing causal maps of these types.

Contact: Alex Penn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Related Content

Your Questions: UnderstandingIdentificationWhat if?

Our Approach: Understand the systemIdentify ScenariosChoose GoalsFind LeversInterventionsMetrics

Concepts: EmergencePath DependenceAdaptationSelf-organisationTipping PointsNetworks


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