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A way to analyse a problem in order to solve it is to use the STRIPE process.
|(SITUATION NOW)||Be clear on the situation as it is now, describe it stating why this is a problem or opportunity.|
|(TARGET)||Describe the future, desired situation and what needs to be achieved i.e. what would it look like if the problem was solved/opportunity realised.|
|(RESTRAINTS)||Examine the obstacles, problems and restraints that stand in the way of the 'situation now' and the target.|
|(IMPORTANT ISSUES)||Identify from all of the above restraints, the important issues that need addressing to remove them or reduce them.|
|(PLAN ACTIONS)||Set out in a logical sequence the order of events that need to take place and the specific, concrete actions that need to happen to deliver the future desired situation.|
|(EVIDENCE OF SUCCESS)||Clearly identify the evidence that would indicate that the problem has been solved or the opportunity seized|
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