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The problem tree tool (short course)

A self-led online course about how the problem tree tool can help you identify an advocacy issue


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  • Language: English
  • Course Duration: 20 minutes
  • Cost: Free

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Course details

What will you gain from the course?

  • Confidence to use the problem tree tool to help you identify an advocacy issue
  • Knowledge of how this tool fits in to the wider advocacy cycle
  • Examples of how the problem tree tool can be used in practice


  • An animation about the problem tree including a real life example of how to use it.
  • Activities to check your knowledge and applying it to a scenario.
  • Information on how the problem tree tool can pinpoint the root causes of community problems and guide effective advocacy for change.

Course content

  • What is the problem tree tool? Learn about the problem tree tool, its key features and how it can help you identify which issue to advocate on. 
  • How should we prioritise advocacy issues? Identify helpful criteria to consider when deciding what advocacy issues to prioritise.
  • How is the problem tree used in practice? Visualise the problem tree tool in real life through these practical examples and practice your skills. 

This short course is based on a section of the Tearfund course Advocacy essentials.

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