Phase 6

Evaluation and validation (phase 6): Phase 6 of the overall policy development process serves to expose the model-based scenarios (i.e. the simulation results) to different actor groups (domain experts and stakeholders). The purpose is that the actor groups assess, evaluate and validate the results of the simulation and therewith compare them with the evidence-based scenarios they have generated. Through this evaluation steps, stakeholders can reflect their positions expressed in scenarios. They may enrich their scenarios (feeding information into phase 2 ) or may also better understand opposite positions of other stakeholders and negotiate the result of common agreement. A key benefit of social simulation is that aspects most probably not evident to the stakeholders through textual descriptions become visible.


Maria A. Wimmer, Karol Furdik, Melanie Bicking, Marian Mach, Tomas Sabol, and Peter Butka. Open Collaboration in Policy Development: Concept and Architecture to integrate scenario development and formal policy modelling. In Yannis Charalabidis and Sotiris Koussouris, editors, Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2012.

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