IAF Methods

Cause and Effect Charting

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A quick analysis to identify cause and effect of a problem

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Goal

To analyze the causes of issues an organization is facing.

Attachments

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Materials

  • Flipcharts
  • paper
  • markers

Instructions

Before

Pre-Work Required:

Define the issue being dealt with.

Prepare the flipchart paper by drawing a line down the middle and label the left hand column "cause "and the right hand column "effect"

During

1. Clarify differences between "cause" and "effect".

2. Brainstorm causes and effects in two separate columns.

3. Probe each item in the "effect" column to determine what causes it and write the cause in the right-hand column.

4. Continue until all causes are identified.

After

Follow-Up Required: begin looking for solutions

Potential pitfalls: Participants need to have a deep understanding of the situation and the issues they are working on.

Background

Source: Ingrid Bens

attributed to Bens, Ingrid: Facilitating with Ease, Participative Dynamics, 1997, p. 168


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  • Encourages addressing the causes with solutions rather than the surface effects

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