M-Tool allows you to populate the tool with factors that are relevant for your project. These factors can be generated by your mental model target group, for example through short interviews or surveys (e.g. What are the elements of [a system], What factors do you think drive…, what are the consequences of …). Alternatively, you may be interested to see if your target group would make certain connections based on an existing set of factors. These factors may be informed by pre-existing knowledge of a system, i.e. to assess if you target group can draw up the ‘correct’ dynamics between factors. Furthermore, you can replace the audio instructions and videos with your own files to adapt the instructions to your needs, or to translate it to the relevant language.
To get started using M-Tool, follow these simple steps: