Session: Community Based System Dynamics (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

All in-person and virtual presentations are in Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST).

SSWR 2023 Poster Gallery: as a registered in-person and virtual attendee, you have access to the virtual Poster Gallery which includes only the posters that elected to present virtually. The rest of the posters are presented in-person in the Poster/Exhibit Hall located in Phoenix A/B, 3rd floor. The access to the Poster Gallery will be available via the virtual conference platform the week of January 9. You will receive an email with instructions how to access the virtual conference platform.

RMW-4 Community Based System Dynamics

Thursday, January 12, 2023: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Estrella, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Peter Hovmand, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
This workshop introduces participants to community-based system dynamics (CBSD) as a participatory systems science method for engaging and working with organizations and communities to address complex problems and advance equity. The first part of the workshop will focus on a general overview of when and how to apply CBSD to identify systems underlying structural violence and the use of group model building. The second part will provide a demonstration of how results from group model building can be translated into computer simulation models that can in turn be quantitatively analyzed to identify leverage points and the underlying feedback mechanisms driving trends.

Participants will see a range of domestic and international examples from CBSD research across a wide variety of topics from food, energy, and housing insecurities to health disparities. The emphasis will be on providing participants with a broad view of CBSD and applications to advancing social work research to understand and changing systems underlying structural violence to advance equity.

Participants will experience a group model building exercise, and see a demonstration of software for simulating models, and publishing interactive online interface that run on any smartphone, tablet, or desktop/laptop computer. Participants will be able to access workshop materials and explore models with a free workshop license to the software.

While CBSD draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods, the approach does not rely on prior formal training in qualitative or quantitative research methods, computer programming, or math beyond basic algebra.

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