Method - Actor-linkage matrix

Description

In actor-linkage matrices, stakeholders are tabulated in a two-dimensional matrix and their relationships described using codes. It is a relatively easy method, but its weakness is that it can become confusing and difficult to use if many linkages are described (Reed et al. 2009; Hermans, 2005). Such exercise can be done within a focus group setting, or individually by stakeholders during interviews, or by a skilled researcher/practitioner.

Purpose

A method to collect information on stakeholders relationship by positioning stakeholders in a two-dimensional matrix.

Guidance on performing this method

  • Use earlier identified stakeholders
  • Two-dimenstional matrix
  • Coding stakeholders based on stakeholders relationships
  • Exercise can be done within a focus group setting, or individually by stakeholders during interviews, or by a skilled researcher/practitioner

Strengths

it is a relatively easy method

Weaknesses

it can become confusing and difficult to use if many linkages are described

Sources

References to be fully worked out (Tara)

  1. Reed et al. 2009;
  2. Hermans, 2005

Further reading

An example can be found here: http://www.fao.org/nr/res/Course1/file/mod6/mod6_09.html