integrated planning

We have helped more than 40 nations and regional groups identify strategies that offer all people access to food, water, health care, education, and equal opportunities for women and men.


Our work typically fits into these categories:

planning consulting
ModelinG and Research

Strategic Planning Consulting

We work collaboratively with our clients to adapt existing strategies, or create new comprehensive strategies to achieve the SDGs. We help our clients conceptualize key sustainability challenges, engaging with stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of challenges and desired outcomes, and strategies to reach these outcomes


Modeling and Research

Our research team builds integrated System Dynamics models to analyze sustainability issues, including ecological agriculture and food security, green economy, conservation, health, population dynamics, and more.



Our sponsored workshops give policy makers and practitioners the ability to use systems modeling as a way of understanding of the complex and integrated nature of sustainability. Our workshops are customized to the clients’ needs and range from single or multi-day introductory workshops, to pre-designed advanced trainings for professionals who want more in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of System Dynamics-based integrated planning. 



Our unique approach designed to breaks through the planning silos that hinder the design and implementation of effective policies for sustainability.

Stakeholder engagement across sectors is at the forefront of successful policy planning. MI facilitates discussions to break through silos that hinder design and implementation of effective policies for sustainability. This includes:

  • Bringing diverse voices and perspectives to the planning table, catalyzing cross-sector collaboration to articulate policy challenges, explore possible solutions, and derive the best coherent solutions

  • Leveraging stakeholder opportunities with government, the private sector, development partners, and others, to combine resources to achieve common goals and increase impact

  • Mapping the policy framework to demonstrate the impacts of decisions across sectors that help countries achieve measurable results towards meeting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Identifying performance indicators for strategic action plans and assisting countries’ reporting on progress toward strategic goals

  • Building lasting relationships with country planners to ensure that continuous progress is made toward country goals.



 All our simulation models are transparent, collaborative, integrated, robust, and customizable.

Threshold 21


Threshold 21 (T21) is a policy simulation tool for comprehensive, integrated long-term national development planning.  WithT21 users can compare analysis of different policy options, and to identify policy sets that lead towards a desired goal.  T21 modeling deepens users’ understanding of development challenges by showing how different aspects of development interact with one another to produce outcomes.


T21 has developed from more than 20 years of research and application carried out in consultation with the World Bank, UN agencies, developing country governments, and non-governmental organizations. T21 has been applied in more than 30 countries over the past twenty years, and is consistently ranked at the top of integrated policy planning models in independent reviews.



The Integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDG) model is a policy simulation tool designed to help policy makers and planners make sense of the complex web of interconnections between the 17 SDGs. Unlike static indicators, databases and indexes that provide a measure of where a country stands, iSDG focuses on the dynamic interactions within the SDG system to reveal the best paths and progression towards achieving the SDGs. Using iSDG helps to:

-    Explore SDGs progress under simple or complex policy scenarios


-    Evaluate the likely impacts of proposed policies across all 17 SDGs.


-    Improve policy coherence across areas of intervention by revealing synergies and trade-offs -    Identify specific areas for prioritization and investment requirements


-    Facilitate alignment of SDGs with national strategic objectives and other development frameworks;


-    Define an efficient implementation schedule for the SDGs


-    Produce an SDGs progress report, outlining performance and challenges across the goals

Who should use iSDG?

The iSDG is highly beneficial to policy makers and planning officials, but can also be used by multiple stakeholders at various levels of society. Ideal users include:


1.    Policy planning institutions (both government and non-government) that conduct research and analysis for policy decision-makers


2.    Government officials and decision-makers who want to explore strategies to achieve the SDGs


3.    Stakeholders in multilateral and bilateral international development organizations, sustainable development experts, educators and researchers committed to the SDGs

Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development


Our models are designed to be transparent, collaborative, integrated, robust and customizable


The structure, calibration methods, and assumptions of all our models are fully documented and can be examined in the model.


We engage with the stakeholders to develop a model customized to their needs. We act as neutral facilitators who bring together diverse stakeholder groups, with sometimes competing interests, to work together to define a policy challenge, understand its various parts, and create a shared solution.


Our models are interdisciplinary and combine the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability into a single framework to conduct comprehensive and systemic analysis of policy issues.


Our models are validated through expert investigation of structure, and comparison of simulation results with actual historical data of at least twenty years.


Our models are built from a modular design that allows easy modification of modules or sectors, making it uniquely suited for diverse contexts and applications.

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