When engaging people in a project it is crucial to consider who to involve and how.
The stakeholder analysis (Excel) tool developed in STAR2Cs helps to identify the stakeholders that are important for a given project and to define for each of them an appropriate level of participation (inform, consult, advise, co-create, co-decide). The tool helps project planners to develop a targeted participation plan to support your project team when thinking about and planning stakeholder engagement. It has been used by all the STAR2Cs partners as the foundation of designing effective participation plans for climate adaptation initiatives tailored to their local regions.
What does the tool do?
- Helps you identify a broad range of relevant stakeholders
- Assigns optimal participation levels to your stakeholders
- Adjusts the participation level of stakeholders if needed throughout the project lifespan
- Suggests participation strategies for different stakeholders.
Who can use the tool?
It can be used by the project team for any project that contains a variety of stakeholders that need to be engaged throughout the project in different ways.
How to use the tool?
The tool can be used as a framework for project teams to discuss stakeholders and their role in a project. It should be used as part of a dynamic process as the role of stakeholders can change throughout a project lifetime. The 6 steps to complete in the tool are outlined below:
- Define aim and scope of the project plan
- Identify stakeholders
- Analyse stakeholders
- Define participation level for each stakeholder
- Define participation strategy for each stakeholder
- Create a participation plan (Who? How? When? Why?)