It's been estimated that the Schools/Charities version of BaFa' BaFa' has been played by over a million people since it's inception. The most common use is to help students, parents, non-profit organizations and neighborhood groups in all kinds of programs and situations to work together more effectively. For uses by business and government agencies look at the Professional Version of BaFa' BaFa'. Scroll down to see a few of the organizations who've used BaFa' BaFa' (keep going there are a lot of names). 112th Street Elementary School 4-H Youth Programs 7th Transportation Group A.R. MacNeill Secondary School A.T. Still [...]
Garry Shirts developed the following schema to help him think more accurately about gaming and simulation activities. The basis of this classification system is three kinds of very different but related activities: simulations, games, contests.
Following are some guesses about the educational value of simulations. None of them is proved, but they are more than just idle hunches, since they were formulated by instructors and students with extensive experience in their use. These may help you to decide how you will use the technique and what the outcomes might be.
Game design is a very personal activity and that there are no right answers.