Inventory Project

Core group:
Gabriele Bammer, Bianca Vienni Baptista, Antonietta Di Giulio, Bethany Laursen, Theres Paulsen, Melissa Robson-Williams, Sibylle Studer, Kathrin Wieck

Timothy Bland, Tobias Buser, Peter Deane, Steve Fiore, Isabel Fletcher, Kerstin Hemström, Hanna Hilbert, Stefan Hilser, Josefa Kny, Emilia Nagy, Gabriela Michelini, Yuko Oshini, Heidi Peuraniemi, Martina Schäfer, Mone Spindler, Keisha Taylor Wesselink

Coordinated by:
Melissa Robson-Williams, Sibylle Studer

What is it about?

The project aspires to

  • provide an overview of itd toolkits,
  • understand how to adequately characterize itd toolkits and tools, and
  • explore what we can learn from such a characterization beyond ‘providing an overview’.

What do we mean by a toolkit?

The toolkits featured here are collections of methods, procedures, concepts, heuristics and/or other resources that can be used in designing and implementing interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary processes in research, practice or education.

There are three kinds of toolkits:

1) those that focus on interdisciplinarity and/or transdisciplinarity as a whole,

2) those that address aspects of interdisciplinarity and/or transdisciplinarity (eg stakeholder engagement, defining common goals, or a specific topic, such as gender studies), and

3) those that are broader in scope and where the majority of tools are relevant to interdisciplinarity and/or transdisciplinarity.

What is our product?

Inventory presented on the ITD-Alliance Website (open access):

  • Entry page with an overview of the toolkits
  • Format that allows people to do a comparison
  • Brief structured description of each toolkit in a dashboard with 8 dimensions
  • Tags for multi-criteria search

Work in progress.

Who is it for?

The inventory addresses 3 (overlapping) user groups.

  • User type: Tool-users working in itd projects, cross-boundary collaboration or co-creation processes
    Use case: Search for appropriate tools & methods
  • User type: Tool theorists/interested observers
    Use case: Search for sources for meta-research on toolkits
  • User type: Representatives of existing or “to be created” toolkits 
    Use case: Search for synergies, gaps

How can you contribute?

-> You have a favourite toolkit or are you responsible for one? -> Let us know!

-> Join our ‘visualizations & orientation’ team working on an overview of toolkits. Contact us for more information.