It is recognized internationally that planning for sustainability requires an understanding of how economic, social, and environmental factors interact with and affect each other. Some years ago, computerized planning tools to meet this need did not seem possible. Such tools have now been created and field-tested with success.
Customized integrated planning tools are powerful for gaining insight into the dynamics of complex systems and stubborn, widespread challenges such as economic self-determination for the poor. These tools allow specialists in any area to understand how proposed policies in one area of national development would affect the whole system. For example, Gross Domestic Product is often chosen as a key indicator of economic growth. However, social and environmental indicators such as literacy, health, and clean air and water are also important indicators that influence a country’s ability to attain sustainable economic growth. Integrated tools allow planners to see how these indicators influence each other and the whole system. Working collaboratively, they can make the best decisions on combinations and sequencing of policies to attain stated goals and maintain the progress over time.
MI’s planning tools support integrated analysis such as is required for addressing complex national development issues, and are useful for preparing poverty reduction strategies and plans to meet the Millennium Development Goals. MI’s integrated planning tools are:
Threshold 21 Model
Multi-Entity Gaming Model
Threshold 21 (T21) is a national model designed to support comprehensive, integrated planning, and is a valuable quantitative tool for testing policy, monitoring, and evaluating results. Based on country-driven goals, T21 allows users to generate scenarios indicating the future consequences of the proposed strategies. Users can then trace changes in outcomes back to the assumptions and polices that produced those changes. This capability helps users identify vital leverage points and key assumptions.
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The Multi-Entity Gaming (MEG) model is a regional gaming model designed for use in post-conflict countries or other political entities to assist with visioning and scenario-building.
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M3 is a corporate level transportation model used for analysis of vehicle markets in emerging markets. It generates the baseline projections of vehicle markets for the future, and allows easy scenario analysis under different external conditions, such as GDP growth and fuel price.
Learn more about M3.