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A Systems Approach to Modeling Community Development Projects

Book Description

The text details the need for community development practitioners to integrate in all stages of their projects: participation, systems thinking, continuous refl ectionin- action, and a combination of critical and creative tools.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. 1.1 Background and Context
    2. 1.2 Systems in Our Daily Lives
    3. 1.3 A Systems View of the World
    4. 1.4 Goals of the Book
    5. 1.5 Book Content
    6. References
  7. Chapter 2: The Systemic Aspect of Community Development
    1. 2.1 Human Development
    2. 2.2 Models and Measures of Human Development
    3. 2.3 Community Development
    4. 2.4 Sustainability and Development
    5. 2.5 Concluding Remarks
    6. References
  8. Chapter 3: Communities as Complex Adaptive Systems
    1. 3.1 Types of Systems
    2. 3.2 Systems Thinking
    3. 3.3 Characteristics of Complex and Adaptive Systems
    4. References
  9. Chapter 4: System Dynamics Modeling
    1. 4.1 Systems Approach
    2. 4.2 System Dynamics
    3. 4.3 System Dynamics Components
    4. 4.4 System Archetypes
    5. 4.5 Modeling
    6. 4.6 Individual and Group Decision Modeling
    7. 4.7 System Dynamics Software
    8. 4.8 Mixed-Modeling Methods
    9. References
  10. Chapter 5: Examples of Community Development System Modules
    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 About the Modules
    3. 5.3 Population Modules
    4. 5.4 Water Modules
    5. 5.5 Food Module
    6. 5.6 Health Module
    7. 5.7 Housing Module
    8. 5.8 Behavior Change Module
    9. 5.9 Concluding Remarks
    10. References
  11. Chapter 6: A Systems Approach to Small-Scale Development Projects
    1. 6.1 Project Life-Cycle Management
    2. 6.2 Project Life-Cycle Frameworks
    3. 6.3 Proposed Framework
    4. 6.4 Reflection-in-Action
    5. 6.5 Identification and Initiation
    6. 6.6 Community Appraisal
    7. 6.7 Causal Analysis
    8. 6.8 Comprehensive Work Plan
    9. 6.9 From Implementation to Long-Term Sustainability
    10. 6.10 Stock-and-Flow Representation
    11. References
  12. Chapter 7: Dynamic Modeling of Community Development
    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 Reverse Analysis of Community Behavior
    3. 7.3 Community Structure Formulation
    4. 7.4 Defining the Sustainable State
    5. References
  13. Chapter 8: Conclusions
    1. 8.1 Development and Systems
    2. 8.2 Community Structure and Behavior
    3. 8.3 Community Development States
    4. References
  14. Appendix
  15. Index