Experimental comparison of system dynamics versus traditional facilitation in a real world public participation application

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Conference Proceeding


This paper reports on an experiment comparing the relative effectiveness of standard group facilitation techniques with system dynamics facilitation techniques in a real world stakeholder participation process. The experiment tested the hypothesis that the system dynamics approach would lead to: (1) better decisions; (2) greater participant focus on relevant materials; and (3) higher procedural satisfaction. The system dynamics approach yielded better decisions but lower procedural satisfaction among participants.


Environmental decision making; Facilitation; Public participation


Civic and Community Engagement | Communication | Environmental Sciences


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