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Introduces innovative participatory method for community practitioners and researchers
Includes exercises and tips illustrated with photographs and detailed descriptions
Provides advice on team work, training, and logistics
Community Based System Dynamics introduces researchers and practitioners to the design and application of participatory systems modeling with diverse communities. The book bridges community- based participatory research methods and rigorous computational modeling approaches to understanding communities as complex systems. It emphasizes the importance of community involvement both to understand the underlying system and to aid in implementation. Comprehensive in its scope, the volume includes topics that span the entire process of participatory systems modeling, from the initial engagement and conceptualization of community issues to model building, analysis, and project evaluation. Community Based System Dynamics is a highly valuable resource for anyone interested in helping to advance social justice using system dynamics, community involvement, and group model building, and helping to make communities a better place. Proceeds from the book go the communities who inspired and help develop community based system dynamics.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »analysis of system structures - community prevention strategies - group model building (GMB) - model refinement and formulation - participatory systems modeling - planning and capacity building