td-net toolbox

The methods and tools offered by the td-net toolbox specifically focus on jointly developing projects, conducting research and exploring ways to impact in heterogeneous groups. They are intended to help shape collaboration between experts and stakeholders from science and practice in systematic and traceable ways.

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td-net toolbox – Actor constellation

Actor constellation

A role-play for jointly sorting out the relevance of various involved actors for tackling a specific research question.
td-net toolbox – Delphi


A poll for consolidating expert views on an issue using ratings and arguments.
td-net toolbox – Emancipatory boundary critique

Emancipatory boundary critique

A set of questions supporting non-experts in critically challenging an expert’s suggested solution to a problem and the solution’s social and ecological implications.

td-net toolbox – Give-and-take matrix

Give-and-take matrix

A tool for identifying pieces of knowledge to be shared between subparts of inter- and transdisciplinary projects.
td-net toolbox – Most significant change

Most significant change

A story-based, qualitative method for uncovering most significant project impacts experienced by individuals.
td-net toolbox – Multi-stakeholder discussion group

Multi-stakeholder discussion group

An approach that allows for expressing tacit knowledge, values and practices within a group of actors and stakeholders accompanying a (research) project.

td-net toolbox – Nomadic concepts

Nomadic concepts

A heuristic tool for exchanging understandings of concepts across disciplinary, professional and cultural boundaries.
td-net toolbox – Outcome spaces framework

Outcome spaces framework

A framework to plan for preferred outcomes in transdisciplinary projects.
td-net toolbox – Research marketplace

Research marketplace

A tool to initiate bilateral and small group exchange between (sub)projects that need to be linked.

td-net toolbox – Scenario integration

Scenario integration

Using scenario planning, this tool allows for collectively drafting possible future developments of a societal challenge.
td-net toolbox – Soft systems methodology

Soft systems methodology

A systems thinking based tool for creating shared understandings of a problem situation, working out possible improvements and deciding on the one(s) to implement.
td-net toolbox – Storywall


A story-based, qualitative method for retrospectively assembling crucial events in a collective process.
td-net toolbox – Theory of change

Theory of change

A practical approach for iterative planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning for change-oriented research.
td-net toolbox – Three types of knowledge tool

Three types of knowledge tool

A tool for tailoring research questions to (societal) knowledge demands.
td-net toolbox – Toolbox approach

Toolbox approach

A tool to uncover implicit assumptions and shared understandings of scientific disciplines and to oppose them to the thought styles of other disciplines.
td-net toolbox – Venn diagram tool

Venn diagram tool

A diagram for forming groups around joint topics based on participants’ background, expertise, and interest.

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Editorial Board

Gabriela Wuelser, td-net
Christian Pohl, ETH Zurich