Cost/Benefit Model for the Allocation of Computer Resources


  • Richard J. Schroth


Cost/benefit analysis, parks and recreation, computers, administration, software, hardware, MIS.


Park and recreation departments across the United States are faced with the rapid growth of automation and communications within their agencies. The difficulty in assessing the cost/benefit of such advances is a perplexing problem for many administrators and policy boards. Most of the models currently available to analyze costs and benefits (1) are based on complex mathematical formulas, (2) concentrate on private sector profit margins or (3) do not reflect the organizational and technical complexities automation represents. In order to address this problem, a model for assessing the cost/benefits of automation in a park and recreation agency was developed. The model consists of seven identifiable phases, along with worksheets which provide an orderly process in making the assessments.





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