M-Tool is the Mental Model Mapping Tool developed by Dr. Karlijn van den Broek & Dr. Helen Fischer at Heidelberg University, and Joseph Luomba at Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute.
M-Tool has been developed with the MultiTip project, a research project on mental models of Lake Victoria's Nile perch fishery.
The development and testing of M-Tool was funded by Field of Focus 4, Heidelberg University, grant number: ZUK 49/Ü 4.1.070 and Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Grant/Award Number: 01LC1706A & 01LC1822A.
We would like to thank Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation, and the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute for their partnership which helped realise the development and testing of the tool. We would like to thank our colleagues, Elizabeth Mlahagwa, Mussa Ngosha at the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute for helping us test the tool and giving us tips on how to improve the user-friendliness of the tool while working with rural communities, asante sana.Thanks also goes out to the district executive directors and fisheries officers who facilitated the fieldwork that helped to refine the tool. Thanks also goes out to all other Lake Victoria colleagues, stakeholders, participants and friends that have contributed directly or indirectly to the development of this tool. We would also like to thank our colleagues from the MultiTip team at Heidelberg University for creating the opportunity to develop this tool as well as for their support. We would also like to thank Dr. Daniel Holt for the development of earlier prototypes of this tool and Judith Massa from Lambdaforge for the development of the final tool, thank you both for your continued patience. Thanks also goes out to Mia Mckenzie for recording the audio instructions.