More coding

if you are using hierarchical coding, top-level components will appear to be selected even if you have not used them explicitly so far. For example, if you have used the factors health; mental and health; physical, the factor health will appear even if you never used it explicitly. You can then easily create new nested factors such as health; spiritualby selecting health and then typing ; spiritual with a leading “;”. The app will automatically join these for you into the factor health; spiritual.

  • once you have selected an influence factor, the order of the choices available for the consequence factor will be silently updated, presenting at the top of the list the most frequently mentioned consequences of the influence factor you have chosen.

Using memos and hashtags

Hashtags / link flags

Hashtags are available as a special kind of memo when coding a link: you can use them to provide any kind of additional information, for example:

  • about the causal connection, e.g.
    • the respondent says this is only true for their village, not for other villages
    • where a link is only projected for the future
  • about the claim about the causal connection
    • where a link is only a hypothesis
    • to add other qualifying information like “source seems unsure.”
    • respondent doesn’t like this connection
    • respondent feels good about the outcome.
  • for you, the analyst, e.g.
    • respondent is answering a different question
    • to tag links you want to come back and review.

As usual in Causal Map, you can apply one or more hashtags, and you can either select existing hashtags or create new ones on the fly.

Later, you can filter the map to show only links containing specific hashtags (or parts of hashtags), and also for links which do not contain specific hashtags or parts of hashtags.