Faculty Advisor

Saeed, Khalid


The goal of this project was to analyze the contribution of nursing services in K-12 educational systems and to create a system dynamics model for policy testing and exploration. Through analysis of secondary and tertiary data, our discussions with nurses active in the field, and literature on the subject, we created a dynamic hypothesis and a simple model that represents the system we identified. Based on analysis of the model, created by the process presented throughout this work, we found that the incremental contribution of allocating a larger fraction of the budget to nursing services is high at first, but the marginal value declines rapidly and becomes negative after a threshold value has been reached. Further analysis is needed to identify this threshold.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies