Td Methods Lab

FSA x MCA Tool

Two lines of research and development were pursued in the DiDaT Method-Lab:

Line 1:
1a) Participatory Scenario Construction and Assessment of Sustainable Development Scenarios, this line was extended to a 1b) Participatory Vulnerability Analysis as part of the follow-up project Vulnerability Analysis German Health System awarded by the German Bundestag.

1a) Participatory scenario construction and assessment of sustainable development scenarios

Scenario analysis has developed into an important methodological approach in many areas of sustainability research, with the help of which transformations and future desired and undesired states can be described. Scenario analyses as a semi-quantitative methodology, the logic of which is also comprehensible to "ordinary citizens", are particularly suitable for the organisation of participatory research.

Participants can make an important contribution to the system construction on questions such as "which system variables find their way into scenario building" and "which evaluation criteria should be considered for a sustainability assessment". Paul Honoré Takam and Roland W. Scholz, together with a number of scientists from the BTU (Prof. Mißler-Behr, Prof. Wunderlich, Prof. C. Hartmann) and other universities (Prof. E. Berger and Imana Mahoubi, University of Landau) as well as Prof. T. Lampoltshammer (DUK), developed software tools to support scenario analyses in transdisciplinary processes.

The FSA x MCA Manual (FSA: Formative Scenario Analysis; MCA: Multi-Criteria Assessment)

Takam, H. P., & Scholz, R. W. (2021). Complex problem structuring in transdis-ciplinary processes: Participatory tools for constructing and evaluating scenarios. A Handbook for the FSA x MCA tool including an Adaptation/ implementation instruction. BTU Cottbus Senftenberg & IASS


1b) Participatory scenario construction and evaluation of sustainable development scenarios


Line 2:
Design of transdisciplinary processes: Knowledge Integration and Mutual Learning as a Basic Principle of Transdisciplinary Processes

A second line was to develop a set of rules for roles, communication, and information internally and externally in a Transdisciplinary Process (Td-Process). A paper on this area is intended to make the experiences of the three-year project on the implementation of transdisciplinary processes available to the general public.

All facilitators of the five vulnerability spaces from DiDaT are involved in the discussion and processing of this second research line.

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