ERIC Number: ED241208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Public Input into Planning for Municipal Service Provision: A Method and Case Study. Studies in Rural Adjustment. Report No. 14.
Joseph, Alun; And Others
As part of on-going research on rural public service provision, researchers illustrated the use of a methodologically rigorous tool (a "tradeoff game") for eliciting community preferences for municipal public services. The trade-off game allowed adults in 122 households in Erin Township, Wellington County, Ontario, to assess 13 currently available service alternatives and to indicate the trade-offs they would make when financial or other constraints prevented their choosing the optimum level of services. Respondents played three times, once with a fixed budget, once with a budget reduction of 10%, and once with a budget increase of 10%. Generally, players appeared satisfied with current resource allocations. They were prepared to accept slight reductions in some services for slight improvements in others. Players responded to budget increases and reductions with general reallocations of resources among all services. Overall, 41% of the players preferred the status quo, 40% preferred an increased budget, and 9% preferred a decreased budget. Generally, several socioeconomic factors, service use, and geographic variations in service quality and need affected responses. Length of residence did not. Such games can provide decision makers with comprehensive community attitude information and can effectively educate the community about budget constraints. (SB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Case Studies, Community Attitudes, Community Services, Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Expenditures, Foreign Countries, Management Games, Municipalities, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Resource Allocation, Rural Areas, Simulation, Socioeconomic Status, Tax Allocation
University School of Rural Planning and Development, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, NIG 2WI ($3.75 Canadian).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Toronto.; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Guelph Univ. (Ontario). Dept. of Geography.
Identifiers: Canada; Ontario (Erin Township); Trade Off Games