The work presented here forms part of a current research project into the definition and use of performance measures within the context of local authority transport planning and management. The paper, itself, is concerned with those information needs which relate to the transportation responsibilities and activities of county councils. The paper is presented in two parts. The first section reviews the relationships between the planning and/or management functions of local authorities, and the information systems necessary to fulfil these pre-eminent functions. This emphasis is considered important because of the evolving nature of these relationships. Analysis of both a case study and the available literature suggests that there is a hierarchy of functions ranging from the "task" orientation represented by descriptive data, to the strategic functions of policy monitoring and development - where more complex information needs are evident. The extent to which the information needs of the latter higher-order functions are consistent with - or related to - the more readily accessible lower-order data is discussed with reference to cost, methodology and resource commitment. The second section of the paper is both a presentation and an analysis of the results of a survey designed to identify perceived information need and actual data collection practice in British county councils. (Author/TRRL)

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    • Transportation Planning Practice. Proceedings of Seminar N held at the PTRC 10th Summer Annual Meeting, University of Warwick, England.
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    PTRC Education and Research Services Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Watters, DAB
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  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 83-94

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  • Accession Number: 00381691
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-111-6
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM