Accession Number : ADA246863


Title :   A Policy Analysis of Using Unit Costs as a Means of Performance Measurement in the Air Force Science and Technology Program


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Avery, Michael P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a246863.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 113


Abstract : This study investigates the possible use of unit costs as a means of performance measurement in the Air Force Science and Technology (S and T) program. Using a policy analysis methodology, the author breaks the analysis into four phases. The first phase called understanding the problem and incorporates the theory of management control systems, budgets, resource management systems, and identifies what the S and T program encompasses. The second phase is called developing policy options and identifies three distinctly different policies that satisfy the need for getting performance information into the hands of decision-makers. The third phase is called determining the impacts. During this phase each of the policies is evaluated based on weighted decision criteria and possible impacts are identified. The last phase is called selecting the best alternative. This phase states the conclusions reached from the analysis. It also identifies the limitations of the research and recommends areas needing further research. This study found that unit costs are currently not the best way to determine S and T program performance.


Descriptors :   *MEASUREMENT , AIR FORCE , CONTROL SYSTEMS , POLICIES , BUDGETS , MANAGEMENT , WEIGHTING FUNCTIONS , COSTS , LIMITATIONS , RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , METHODOLOGY , DECISION MAKING


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE