The literature of transportation evaluation creates the impression that there are many techniques for evaluation, and the choice of which one to use is largely at the discretion of the analyst. This is misleading. The illusion of diversity is created by two factors: the plethora of techniques for soliciting opinions or political values (thereby attempting to predict or facilitate or substitute for the political process), and the number of ad hoc systems that seem to be something different from what they are. The primary purpose of this paper is to aid in understanding and designing evaluation techniques by presenting a set of basic types that underlie all technical (as opposed to political) evaluation systems. The major approaches to evaluation are cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost minimization.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was prepared for presentation at the 1979 meetings of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    Institute of Urban and Regional Research
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
  • Authors:
    • Lee Jr, D B
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188439
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Tech. Report 102
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1979 12:00AM