5 Analysing the System



The chapter draws on the previous two chapters to outline the necessary tools needed to develop an evidence-based stewardship policy. The chapter introduces a two-dimensional "impact" matrix which describes the various ways the research environment could be assessed and subsequently modified. Borrowing from complex systems literature, the first dimension of the matrix classifies these areas using the three possible levels of granularity of the system: micro, meso and micro. The second dimension focuses on the traditional aspects of strategic governance: oversight, insight and foresight.

1 The Impact Matrix


Oversight
Insight
Foresight
Macro
Feedback Loops
Constraints
Paradigm Rules
Meso
Buffers
Structure of Flows
Patterns
Micro
Parameters
Delays
Self-organisation

Adapted from Meadows, Leverage points: places to intervene in a system

2 System Granularity


3 Governance Strategy


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