Comparative Analysis of Technical Frameworks and Tools Supporting Decision Making

by Sehl Mellouli, University Laval, Canada; Karim Hamza, Free University Brussels, Belgium. Policy makers are the persons who take decisions for the well-being of their communities. In order to take good decisions, technical frameworks support policy makers in developing models that help explain phenomena of the policy context and therewith support the decision making process. This chapter provides an overview of different tools and technologies to develop these models. This chapter does not claim to be exhaustive by identifying all tools and technologies, but can serve as a basis for any developer who intends to develop a simulation model for policy-makers.