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Competence Centre on Foresight

We foster a strategic, future-oriented and anticipatory culture in the EU policymaking process.

Topic / Tool | 09 Jun 2020

Complex System Analyser

Workshop-based tool designed to facilitate the systems thinking approach.

This tool was developed to decompose and analyse any complex system so as to identify the key leverage points on which to act if one wants to influence the system.

  • It was initially developed by the JRC to analyse the food chain in the context of Delivering on EU food safety and nutrition 2050 – future challenges and policy preparedness (Sustainable food system)
  • The tool provides a 1 to 2 day participatory process working in 5 stages
  • The Complex System Analyzer is available to any interested party under a Creative Commons licence (CC-BY-SA). 
  • You are free to use and modify it, but you have to share the results of your adaptations under the same conditions and must attribute the work to its originators.
  • We are interested in any feedback on how you plan to use it and returns on experience, please Contact us

Download the instructions and all the material to organise your own session.


Complex System Analyser - System Mapping instructions
(1.81 MB - Complex System Analyser - System Mapping instructions )


Complex System Analyser - complete set
(56.06 MB - Complex System Analyser - complete set)