DYNAMIS-POP is based on data readily available for most developing countries. It is designed to be easily ported to countries. We provide a version for an imaginary country usable for testing, training, and as a template for creating new country applications. Data provided with the model are synthetically generated non-confidential data. All data-based parameters as well as the starting population are generated from a set of four data files which can be derived from population census data and from the data collected through a Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), or equivalent. Parameter generation is highly automated to facilitate porting the model to new country contexts by adapting just a few country-specific set-up files. Equally, besides a specific country setup module, which must be adapted to account for country-specific features like geographical regions or the definition of ethnical groups, all modules are generic.
DYNAMIS-POP is fully documented, and all its components are freely available. DYNAMIS-POP is created using freely available software. Its code - including the full set of statistical analysis files for parameter generation and estimation - is available for download at dynamis.ihsn.org. The analysis presented in this paper was performed with DYNAMIS-POP version 2.202. The model is implemented in Modgen, a generic microsimulation programming language developed and maintained at Statistics Canada. All statistical analysis is performed using the open-source statistical package R. Statistical analysis files are documented and include statistical and graphical output of analysis results. DYNAMIS-POP has an intuitive graphical user interface and runs on a standard personal computer. The model documentation includes a step-by-step implementation guide which can be used as textbook for Modgen programming.