ERIC Number: ED164292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Development of Cost Benefit Methodology for Scientific and Technical Information Communication and Application to Information Analysis Centers. Final Report.
Mason, Robert M.; And Others
This document presents a research effort intended to improve the economic information available for formulating politics and making decisions related to Information Analysis Centers (IAC's) and IAC services. The project used a system of IAC information activities to analyze the functional aspects of IAC services, calculate the present value of net benefits, and examine the sensitivity of the costs and benefits to changes in variables and to technological developments. The document includes eight chapters and five appendices. Chapter two examines IAC activities. Chapter three establishes the conceptual framework for modeling demand for IAC services. Chapter five describes an IAC user decision model. Chapter nine summarizes the findings and conclusion of the research effort. An executive summary is also presented. The study recommends that IAC's continue to improve accounting systems that provide meaningful cost allocation data, especially professional staff time. (Author/HM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Cost Effectiveness, Economic Research, Educational Development, Information Services, Information Systems, Mathematical Models, Research Methodology, Science Education, Sciences, Systems Analysis
National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Operations Division, Springfield, Virginia 22161 ($9.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Information.
Authoring Institution: Metrics, Inc., Atlanta, GA.