Use these templates to quickly establish relationships among the variables within specified data sets.

Use these blank Relationship Chain Graphic Organizers to chart relationships, track variables, figure out causes and effects, reach decisions, weigh options, and more. Whether you are documenting logic flows, trying to figure out the root cause of many effects, comparing and contrasting courses of action, or just generally trying to keep associations straight in your head, you'll find these handy charts indispensible. These templates are available in different sizes to better meet your data needs. Note: These charts make excellent companion sheets when used in conjunction with the Decision Making, Cause and Effect, or Cycle sheets located elsewhere on this site.

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Printable Link Chain Diagrams

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2 Link Chain Organizer

2 Link Chain Diagram

This sheet is good for charting simple cause and effect relationships, or deriving straightforward consequences.

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3 Link Chain Organizer

3 Link Chain Diagram

Use this sheet for diagramming simple arguments or data sets, or short if/then logic chains.

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4 Link Chain Organizer

4 Link Chain Diagram

Four blank spaces for use with more robust arguments or more complicated relationships.

5 Link Chain Organizer

5 Link Chain Diagram

Five spaces for tracking the relationships between larger data sets, such as public opinion surveys.

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6 Link Chain Diagram

Six available spaces for working with multiple variables, sources, or sets, such as a national Census.

How To Show Connections Between Things?

Everything is connected in ways that are sometimes comprehensive to the observant eye and sometimes not. In this article, we will be discussing how we can show different connections between things. You will be surprised to read that what we consider our "natural" understanding of how a doctor is connected to the hospital results from years of association and conditioning.

The Objective Approach

Objectivity is often regarded as our technique, which remains a simple solution to complex problems. We use the objective approach to show connectedness between different objects to allow us to trace every connection step by step.

1. Bar and Column Charts

Be it High-end companies or middle school children, the use of charts does not go out of fashion. It is a simple way to show connectedness between different things and how they flow in a uniform and ordered manner. For example, to show the connection between a mobile phone and its usage, a chart may be used to indicate the use of the device from the very first day, proportional to the number of users and its effect. It is easier to determine the relationship between the two simply by reading the chart indicators.

2. Network Diagram

A network diagram is a modern alternative to charts, allowing us to see things globally. We all must have seen a network diagram used for online servers, allowing us to see how the "world is now a global village." This indicates the connections between counties and cities, individuals and groups, etc. This simple technique has been used to trace back the history of events and various company-to-company data and so on.

The Subjective Method

Subjectivity is often frowned upon in the scientific regimen. However, we use a subjective approach to show the connection between day-to-day things, such as people, their likes and dislikes, memories, historical events, memorization purposes, etc. The list goes on. We incorporate a few methods in our lives, unconsciously or consciously, allowing us to establish and understand the connection between different things.

1. Association Method

One of the most common ways of connecting one thing to the other. Association is a technique where our brains create a connection between two or more elements. Over the years, we have seen doctors always be an active part of hospitals, which has unconsciously wired our brains to create that connection. We cannot connect a teacher to a hospital due to years of practice and learned association.

2. Reinforcement

By constant reinforcement of concepts, i.e., repetition for learning, we can connect different concepts. For example, for a physics scholar, the term "couple" has a very different meaning than a person who does not know Physics. As somebody who has studied the Physical concept of forces known as a Couple, having repeated that concept repeatedly in his field of study, he has a meaning entirely different from what a commoner understands about it.


We hope that this article helped you establish the connection between things and how we have been using these techniques knowingly or unknowingly throughout our lives. It is quite a profound nature of items, the way all things related or unrelated are connected in one way or the other. However, we can trace the connections and share them effectively by using simple techniques.