A PROCEDURE FOR FULLY EVALUATING THE ANTICIPATED IMPACTS OF SELECTED PUBLIC SYSTEM INNOVATIONS ON VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTS USING CITIZEN-GENERATED INFORMATION INPUTS

A flexible, yet relatively comprehensive and easy to implement, technique of project evaluation is presented. Its contrasts to traditional cost-benefit techniques are made explicit. The procedure relies on judgmental inputs from both citizens and technicians, thereby establishing an appropriate division of labor that takes expert opinion into account and at the same time permits citizens to play a key role in planning. Raw benefit data are obtained by soliciting a set of numerical ratings from concerned citizens and/or a panel of experts. These data are then transformed by matrix multiplication to yield numbers that provide rankings for all projects in all areas. Given the properly discounted costs of each possible project in each subarea, a set of benefit-cost ratios can be calculated. Then, given a capital budget for the entire city or region, projects can be implemented in order of decreasing benefit cost ratios. Sample application of the technique involving the evaluation of urban transportation system innovations is presented in detail.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
    Elmsford, NY  United States  10523
  • Authors:
    • Gordon, P
    • Hiendercorn, J H
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00189498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1981 12:00AM