What are the processes or elements of a system?
What are the components? What are the steps in the sequence? What are the inputs and outputs? What are the contexts and influences?
A flow chart, timeline, or pictorial illustration may work well to illuminate how things work. Given that a process unfolds over time, small multiple graphics may be useful to show changes from one state to the next.
Some examples include:
• Illustrating judicial proceedings showing the stages in the path of a case;
• Diagramming how budgeting and procurement processes work; and
• Depicting the impacts of particular policies and the chain of events resulting from this.