Thinking Complexity

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Chart how a key variable has changed over time

This exercise will help you practice identifying a complex situation from news items. it involves drawing how something has changed over time.

The following online news story describes a recent road security campaign on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Your task is to identify the key variable and draw how it has changed over a relevant time period.

Hint: you can follow the steps in the document entitled "Spotting complexity in the news" in the additional materials.

A possible solution is available for download in the references section.

Road security campaign in Malta


A road security education campaign in Malta was developed and disseminated to address the problem of road fatalities. In five years following implementation, Malta exhibited a 27% decrease in road fatalities. Another positive outcome was that more people were able to earn their vehicle license.

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