ERIC Number: ED193056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Impact of Public Participation Activities in Water and Transportation Projects.
Ellis, Richard Allen
Described is an analysis of variables potentially influential in public participation processes associated with Federally-funded projects in water resources, wastewater management, and highway construction. Methodology involved three phases: (1) a review of public participation literature to inductively identify variables present or recommended for presence in public participation activities; (2) organization of the 161 variables identified into sets describing potential elements and potential outcomes of public participation; and (3) analysis of 105 case studies of public participation for the presence and absence of the 161 variables. An analysis work sheet facilitated documentation of the occurrence of variables in each case study examined. The researcher used frequency and correlational computations to identify variables which merited further analysis. These variables were selected according to their frequency of documentation, frequency of significant correlations, and magnitude of correlations. Conclusions drawn from the examination of relationships among variables emphasized the importance of maintaining two-way communication between agency and participants and identified factors associated with undesired outcomes of public participation efforts. (Author/WB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Resource Development Projects
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University. Tables in Appendices contain small print and will not reproduce well.