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Stakeholder involvement in the decision making for development projects using 'educated trade-offs'

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dc.contributor.advisor Ranasjnghe, MALIK
dc.contributor.author Thoradeniya, WBM
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-22T06:22:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-22T06:22:09Z
dc.identifier.uri http://dl.lib.mrt.ac.lk/handle/123/1845
dc.description.abstract The premise of this research is that unless stakeholders are able to engage in educated (technically, economically, environmentally informed) trade-offs between the different uses/issues of a common resource, the stakeholder involvement in decision making will be emotional and not rational. The objectives of this research study are to develop and validate a decision making methodology based on 'Educated Trade-offs' for effective stakeholder involvement through participation and consultation, in development projects. The term 'Educated Trade-offs' means that stakeholders are able to engage in technically, economically and environmentally (including socially) informed (educated) decision-making between the critical uses/issues (trade-offs) of a resource. The research hypothesis is that with improved access to technical, economical and environmental information stakeholders can make rational decisions based on 'Educated Trade-offs' on competing resource uses/issues that affect them as interests of the multiple stakeholders for a resource is complementary than conflicting. The theoretical component of the research study involves the development of the five step 'Educated trade-off framework and two methods (models) for the stakeholder consultation sessions required in -the application of the framework for decision making in development projects. The case study application of the framework to a development project of the Ma Oya River Basin in the North Western Sri Lanka showed that the developed framework in application was robust and the methodology was validated by accepting the research hypothesis at 95% level of significance. The first step of the framework identified resource uses, impacted sections and stakeholders effectively. The second, third and fourth steps educated stakeholders in technical, economical and environmental spheres to make rational decisions, on development projects. A significant association was found in the responses of stakeholders between 'Pre' and 'Post' stakeholder education sessions concluding that the education session using 'Educated Trade-off framework is an effective tool in improving stakeholder decision making ability.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject CIVIL ENGINEERING - Thesis ; DEVELOPMENT PLANNING ; RIVER BASIN PROJECTS
dc.title Stakeholder involvement in the decision making for development projects using 'educated trade-offs'
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.degree PhD en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Civil Engineering en_US
dc.date.accept 2009
dc.identifier.accno 93889 en_US


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