Stakeholder Mapping


Stakeholder mapping is a way of organizing all of the people who have an interest in your project, idea or product in a single visual space. This allows you to easily see who can influence your project and how each person is related to the other.


Mapping of stakeholders, policies and definition of regional priorities.


Mapping and reflection




Time frame:

2- 4 hours

Stakeholder mapping is typically performed at the beginning of a project. Doing it early on will help prevent miscommunication, ensure all groups are aligned on the objectives and set expectations about outcomes and results. The mapping process usually breaks out into 3 stages—preparation, facilitation, and revision. Actor network mapping gives an overall picture of the network of actors and components in the system. 

List down the core stakeholders on a big sheet of paper.

List down the sub groups of stakeholders.

Connect the stakeholders to each other and describe how they relate to each other. The focus is on roles, grouping and relations. The grouping aspect of the technique is used to organise the actors by their function. Depending on the actor in the centre, this technique emphasises the roles of the other actors in relation to central actor.

Write down the specifics of the relationships between the stakeholders, how, where and why do they communicate?

Document the end result. Analyze the map and identify areas where there is room for improvement.

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