Community-Based System Dynamics (CBSD) is a participatory method for engaging and working with communities and organizations to address complex issues. Developed from group model building and system dynamics, CBSD is now being used around the world, both in research and practice, to engage diverse communities and organizations to address a variety of complex issues from engaging youth in addressing youth homelessness, identifying effective policies to improve health in urban areas, and coordinating NGO efforts in planning maternal-child health interventions.
This intensive 2.5-day workshop provides an introduction to CBSD, with opportunities for participants to receive feedback on preliminary designs for their own CBSD work. Participants will gain knowledge of basic concepts in CBSD, including systems thinking, skills on identifying and selecting issues appropriate for CBSD, assessing readiness, convening a core modeling team, workshop design and facilitation.
While no prior training or experience in group facilitation, group model building or system dynamics is required, participants currently working with or planning to work with groups (e.g., classrooms, community meetings, focus groups, coalitions, and workgroups) will find the content more relevant.