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Systems Thinking and Modeling for Public Policy Analysis Workshop

Thursday, April 17th
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wilkins Room, 215
Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Open to the public

George Richardson, Chair of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University of Albany to facilitate (biography below):

This workshop will consist of introductions to systems thinking, modeling and simulation. The emphasis will be on dynamic public policy problems, and problems that play out over time. Participants will develop skills in thinking about problems dynamically, thinking in stocks and flows (populations, resources and other accumulations, and the flows that change them over time), thinking in circular causal feedback loops, and thinking about dynamic problems from an endogenous point of view.

The morning session will develop concepts and skills in systems thinking, drawing on a wide range of applications, and the afternoon will introduce computer modeling and simulation for public policy analysis and design. The context for the introduction to system dynamics modeling and simulation in the afternoon will be the problem of the dynamics of urban growth, stagnation and inner city decline.

[The morning and the afternoon sessions work best together, but may be attended separately.]

If you are able, please bring laptops to the afternoon session; we'll be working in pairs, one laptop for every pair. (Before the workshop, download the free educational version of the Vensim software, Vensim PLE, from http://www.vensim.com, and install Vensim PLE on your Windows laptop.)

To register visit: http://register.cce.umn.edu/Course.pl?sect_key=181641

George P. Richardson is chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany and professor of public administration, public policy, and information science. He has held various administration positions in the department of public administration, including directing each of the MPA, MPP, and PhD degree programs.

With degrees from Harvard, the University of Chicago, and MIT, his teaching, research, and consulting center on computer-based tools and analyses for public administration and policy. His recent work has focused on public policy problems in social welfare, public health, and interagency collaboration, and the use of formal computer-based tools and models to help groups move toward policy consensus in complex dynamic systems. He founded and served for seven years as the executive editor of the System Dynamics Review, published by Wiley & Sons.

Richardson’s publications include Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling with DYNAMO (1981), Feedback Thought in Social Science and Systems Theory (1991, 1999), both of which were honored with the System Dynamics Society’s Forrester Award, and the edited two-volume collection Modeling for Management: Simulation in Support of Systems Thinking (1996). In 2003 he was honored with the University at Albany’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the corresponding award given by the Chancellor of the State University of New York.

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