iEMSs 2018 : Session C5 on PM

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Date: 
Friday, June 22, 2018
Location: 
Fort Collins, CO, USA (June 24-28, 2018)
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Session C5: Participatory Modelling 2.0: Interfaces, Tools, Methods and Approaches for Linking Stakeholders Decisions, and Environmental Modelling

Organizers: Nagesh Kolagani, Alexey Voinov, Steven Gray, Miles McNall, Laura Schmitt-Olabisi

The popularity of participatory modelling (PM) has grown considerably in recent years with the acknowledgement that the inclusion of stakeholders and a variety of perspectives are required to improve our understanding of social-ecological systems and current environmental problems. Yet a vast gap exists between what scientists know and what managers, policy-makers and other decision-makers do. The proposed session (and the linked workshop) will focus on interfaces, tools, methods and approaches that can be used in participatory modelling and stakeholder interaction, and effectively lead to action-oriented outcomes. The session and workshop will also consider ways of engaging decision-makers and stakeholders in a modelling process and methods for embedding modelling into decision making. We seek to attract action researchers and practitioners to explore recent developments in modelling with stakeholders, and invite papers on such efforts and on visualization, analytics, interaction, documentation, recording, and conceptualizing technologies that can help in these efforts. By bringing together diverse perspectives, we hope to assess current trends in the field and define new questions that characterize future directions in PM. We invite abstracts and proposals that represent a wide range of perspectives, including those from computer scientists, social and natural scientists, and cognitive scientists as well as those of decision-makers, managers or stakeholder experts. Some potential questions appropriate for this session include: How can computer models and mental models be better integrated to support decision-making? How computer interfaces can assist in linking mental models with systems models? How can they be improved for that purpose? What role can cyber-platforms play in harnessing collective intelligence for ‘wicked problems’? How can model output be translated into terms meaningful for decision-makers?

Workshop C104: Participatory Modelling 2.0: Interfaces, Tools, Methods and Approaches for Linking Stakeholders, Decisions and Environmental Modelling

Organizers: Nagesh Kolagani, Alexey Voinov, Steven Gray, Miles McNall, Laura Schmitt-Olabisi

The popularity of participatory modelling (PM) has grown considerably in recent years with the acknowledgement that the inclusion of stakeholders and a variety of perspectives are required to improve our understanding of social-ecological systems and current environmental problems. Yet there is still a vast gap between what scientists know and what managers, policy-makers and other decision-makers do.

The workshop (and linked session) will focus on interfaces, tools, methods and approaches that can be used in participatory modelling and stakeholder interaction, and effectively lead to action-oriented outcomes. The workshop will also consider ways of engaging decision-makers and stakeholders in a modelling process and methods for embedding modelling into decision making. We seek to attract action researchers and practitioners to explore recent developments in modelling with stakeholders, and invite discussion on such efforts and on visualization, analytics, interaction, documentation, recording, conceptualizing, etc. technologies that can help in these efforts. By bringing together diverse perspectives, we hope to assess current trends in the field and define new questions that characterize future directions in PM.

We invite those representing a wide range of perspectives, including computer scientists, social and natural scientists, and cognitive scientists as well as those of decision-makers, managers or stakeholder experts. Some potential questions appropriate for the workshop include: How can computer models and mental models be better integrated to support decision-making? How computer interfaces can assist in linking mental models with systems models? How can they be improved for that? What role can cyber-platforms play in harnessing collective intelligence for ‘wicked problems’? How can model output be translated into terms meaningful for decision-makers?

Workshop C105: Making Meaningful Models: Partnering with Stakeholders Throughout the Modelling Process

Organizers: Miles McNall, Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Steven Gray, Renee Wallace, Artina Sadler, Laura Basco Carrera, Eskedar Gebremedhin.

Participatory modelling has gained prominence as a process for integrating stakeholder knowledge with scientific information, increasing buy-in for management and policy decisions, and supporting social learning. Yet these modelling processes are still overwhelmingly designed and led by modelers, raising questions about whose interests the modelling process serves. How can we design modelling efforts as true partnerships in which stakeholders and modelers both feel their voices are heard and their needs are met? What are the perspectives of different partners on the model-building partnership? How can “communities of practice” be useful in helping conceptualize such partnerships? What resources are needed to sustain partnerships? What capacity building needs to take place in communities to support modelling partnerships?

We will explore these questions through a panel discussion on two participatory modelling case studies focused on an urban livestock ordinance in Detroit and the causes, consequences and solutions to the Flint Water Crisis.