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Modeling Project Community Presentation

This script is used to disseminate information about the modeling project and elicit feedback from community members in order to build confidence in the model.


Best practices

Primary nature of group task



Preparation time: 30 minutes

Time required during session: 30 minutes

Follow-up time: 120 minutes


  1. Markers, flip chart, blue tape, and easels for the flip chart and the poster(s) of the model
  2. Poster(s) of the model
  3. 11x17 printouts of the model
  4. Flyers advertising any other scheduled sessions such as conferences or future GMB sessions


  • Visually attractive and readable diagram of a system dynamics model


  • List of modifications necessary to model
  • Recorder notes


  • Facilitator familiar with stakeholders in the room and some group facilitation skills
  • Modeler with expertise in system dynamics
  • Two recorders (one for flip chart, one for detailed recorder notes)


  1. The facilitator convenes the session and introduces herself/himself and the modeler.
  2. The modeler provides an overview of the agenda:
    • Where we have been
    • Where we are now
    • Where we are going & how to get involved
  3. The modeler reviews the model and the facilitator frequently checks for understanding and allows time for comments. The recorders capture feedback on flip charts and in their notes.
  4. The facilitator closes the session.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Active participation from the community and spirited engagement
  • A list of areas of the model that were both supported and that need to be changed


Timothy Hower and Peter Hovmand in 2010


The script was originally created as part of a St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank project.






This exercise has worked well with diverse audiences and settings, from formal meetings of 70-100 people to bible study sessions of 30-50 people. A key ingredient to successfully presenting the model is a close correspondence between the stories shared during earlier settings during sessions with stakeholder groups and the language of the model.