Situation analysis is a key step in TranSTEP. It is a fundamental and critical stage of the approach, in which the problem will be further defined, relevant actors will be identified, perspectives and interests explored and the social and political contexts described in detail. Since different members of the TranSTEP group are likely to hold differing views on the problem to be addressed in the assessment process, the objective of situation analysis is to collaboratively construct and agree on problem framing to a degree that allows for further action. The TranSTEP group will have a preliminary mandate or initial problem formulation from the initiator of the process (problem owner). Situation analysis builds on this initial formulation and it is the role of the TranSTEP group to challenge it and/or elaborate on it in close dialogue with the problem owner.