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Community Based System Dynamics


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Preface and acknowledgements

1. Introduction to community based system dynamics (CBSD)

2. Group model building and community based system dynamics process

3. Engaging communities

4. Problem scoping and identification

5. Core modeling team planning, training, and capacity building

6. Group model building workshop and facilitation

7. Model Refinement, synthesis, formulation, and analysis

8. Implementation and evaluation

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Dr. Peter Hovmand is the founding director of the Social System Design Lab at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis where he uses system dynamics to understand and evaluate community level interventions. He has a background in electrical engineering, mathematics, and philosophy, and received his doctorate in social work and community psychology from Michigan State University. His research focuses on developing and using participatory group model building (GMB) techniques to involve community members in the creation of models to understand the role of social determinants of health, implementation and scale-up of innovations, and development of community prevention strategies.

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