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A System Dynamics Approach to Linking Policy Actions to Results: An Illustrative Case of Malaria Control in Bolivia

There is an increasing interest within the World Bank (and elsewhere) in promoting a greater results orientation in development work. The introduction of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is only one manifestation of that interest. However, there is often a disconnect between the setting of goals and the identification of policies to achieve the goals, in part due to the absence of a set of tools that could be used to help make the causal links more explicit. The presentation will explore the potential usefulness of a system dynamics approach to explicitly link policy actions to results and will discuss the lessons learned from applying the approach to a particular case of malaria control in Bolivia.

You can read more about this work in his paper entitled, "A System Dynamics Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation at the Country Level." The paper can be downloaded from: