Practical Guides for Participatory Methods: Mapping and Power Analysis

Published on 26 January 2023

This guide offers practical guidance on mapping and power analysis. It explains why it might be useful, key considerations, practical steps and a case study of how it has been used.

This method enables participants to create a visual map of the key resources and assets in their community, organisation, workplace etc, that are important for their wellbeing and thriving.

It is designed to encourage marginalised groups to visually represent and reflect on these resources and the power relations that shape who accesses and controls resources. They map and rank the actors who have more/less power, control and access, and discuss the reasons behind these differences. Finally, a discussion of possible strategies and actions for change can be facilitated.


Joanna Howard

Research Fellow and Cluster Leader

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Institute of Development Studies
Howard, Jo


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