The mission of the Social System Design Lab is to develop the science and application of system dynamics in human services and communities. The lab pursues its mission through research, community engagement, and teaching with a commitment to evidence-based practice, social justice, and capacity building. It is invested in building capacity in system dynamics among the next generation of researchers, policymakers, and social innovators.

Social System Design Lab Methods Briefs are short, digestible notes on applications of system dynamics and systems thinking in community settings. They are meant to capture and share out our current thinking on core ideas.

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Research from 2022

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Online GMB: Challenges, Opportunities, and Barriers, Lucy Chin, Allie Farrell, Min Hu, Lindsey Pawlowski, and Ellis Ballard

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An Overview of Platforms to Support Online GMB, Lucy Chin, Min Hu, Allie Farrell, Lindsey Pawlowski, and Ellis Ballard

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Facilitation Team Roles in Online GMB, Allie Farrell, Min Hu, Lucy Chin, Lindsey Pawlowski, and Ellis Ballard

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Definición de la Dinámica de Problemas, Clarissa Gaona Romero, Katherine Curi-Quinto, Laura Guzmán Abello, Carmen Quinteros-Reyes, Paraskevi Seferidi, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Lindsey Pawlowski, and Ellis Ballard

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Modelos Mentales, Clarissa Gaona Romero, Katherine Curi-Quinto, Laura Guzmán Abello, Carmen Quinteros-Reyes, Paraskevi Seferidi, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Lindsey Pawlowski, and Ellis Ballard

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Acumulaciones y Diagramas de Niveles y Flujos, Clarissa Gaona Romero, Laura Guzmán Abello, Carmen Quinteros-Reyes, Paraskevi Seferidi, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Lindsey Pawlowski, and Ellis Ballard

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Iceberg del Pensamiento Sistémico: Buceando Bajo la Superficie, Clarissa Gaona Romero, Laura Guzmán Abello, Carmen Quinteros-Reyes, Paraskevi Seferidi, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Lindsey Pawlowski, and Ellis Ballard

Research from 2021

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Accumulations, Mikayla Branz, Allie Farrell, Min Hu, William Liem, and Ellis Ballard

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System Archetypes, Mikayla Branz, Allie Farrell, Min Hu, William Liem, and Ellis Ballard

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Mental Models, Lucy Chin, Allie Farrell, Min Hu, William Liem, and Ellis Ballard

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Framing Dynamic Problems, Ebuwa I. Evbuoma, Allie Farrell, Min Hu, William Liem, and Ellis Ballard

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Systems Thinking Iceberg: Diving Beneath the Surface in Education Systems, Ebuwa I. Evbuoma, Min Hu, Allie Farrell, William Liem, and Ellis Ballard

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Understanding Systems from a Feedback Perspective, Allie Farrell, Min Hu, Lucy Chin, Ebuwa I. Evbuoma, William Liem, and Ellis Ballard

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Characteristics of Complex Problems, Allie Farrell, Min Hu, Ebuwa I. Evbuoma, William Liem, and Ellis Ballard