800 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 105,
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Project Sponsor

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Violence Prevention

Project Goal

Leverage current efforts in understanding and applying Complex Systems Science to prevent child maltreatment.

Project Description

This project will leverage current efforts in understanding and applying Complex Systems Science to prevent child maltreatment by bringing together participants from three different projects already underway : a System Dynamic Model (SDM) for changing mindsets, an Agent-Based Model (ABM) for exploring community level prevention strategies, and the Complexity Interest Group – a collection of researchers and practitioners committed to exchanging ideas on all topics related to complexity and child maltreatment prevention.

This initiative proposes to bring together participants who have been involved in each of the separate projects via a learning collaborative to further advance their knowledge and exchange of ideas. During these meetings, attendees will learn about the foundations of complex systems science, modeling (SDM and ABM), provide input on the models and potential for future applications, interact with completed models, interact with each other and their experiences in using the models, and identify challenges and solutions for improving use of the models. Space will be reserved for suggestions that emerge out of the group as emerging activities hold tremendous promise for future application of complexity science that cannot be anticipated at this point. However, we can focus on a process to encourage emergence of new ideas.

Project Contact 

Richard W. Puddy, PhD, MPH - Division of Violence Prevention, CDC  at 770-488-1369 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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