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Assessing the Social Effects of Public Works Projects.
BOARD OF ENGINEERS FOR RIVERS AND HARBORS FORT BELVOIR VA RESIDENT SCHOLAR PROGRAM
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Social effects of public works projects should be viewed as resultants of interaction between agency and the public. Since the role the agency takes in this process is an important determiner of the outcome, the analysis of social effects must take account of the agencys public participation program. A systematic outline based on theoretical and empirical sources for inventorying social effects is presented. The identification and selection of phenomena for analysis that may be affected by a specific project must depend on the discernment of competent social scientists who are able to establish rapport with the public. Where existing data sources are inadequate, the agency will need to use sample surveys and community studies. A continuing research program is recommended for determining the actual social effects of completed projects, developing improved methods of social research, and disseminating the substantive and methodological results of its studies. Modified author abstract
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