SYSTEMS ANALYSIS FOR DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION: SOME PROBLEMS AND REQUISITES
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The document considers systems analysis as one method of applying structured rationality and knowledge to problems. It has a limited domain of usefulness, circumscribed in terms of characteristics of problems with which systems analysis can or cannot usefully deal. Application of the usefulness domain of systems analysis to development administration problems permits identification of those problem areas in the treatment of which systems analysis is useful. Many requisites and requirements are not met in most development countries, reducing the significance of systems analysis as a problem-treatment approach -- unless accompanied by, and part of, broader systemic changes. What is needed, therefore, both in order to get significant benefits from systems analysis and -- more important -- better to treat the basic and critical problems of development administration, is a broad approach to the improvement of the public policy making system of development countries. In such an approach, systems analysis is only one -- although quite an important -- component.
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