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.
The CCTool Homepage
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 “hands on” 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.
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.