|M.Sc Student||Lisa Kaess|
|Subject||EVALUATION METHODS IN URBAN ¸ REGIONAL PLANNING: THEORY AND|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Shefer Daniel|
Evaluation research has sought to propose a variety of techniques designed to measure the utility of a given plan of action in attaining some well-defined objectives. Both goals and evaluation methods are spawned within a specific theoretical and/or value framework. Urban and regional planners depend heavily upon the interaction between objectives and evaluation methods during the stages of data analysis, plan generation and implementation. Thus, there exists a need for techniques by which these various stages may be evaluated.
Recently, some of the existing evaluation methods have come under criticism for their high cost and large amount of time they require their lack of attention to the needs of decision-makers and program recipients, and their difficulty in implementation.
The objectives of this work are to examine critically a selected number of evaluation methods for urban and regional planning. It is primarily a survey of major trends within the field and a critical assessment of both theories as well as their applications. The critical review examines these evaluation methods according to the following four main criteria:
1. Contribution to the evaluation literature;
2. Critical inquiry of goals and tenets;
3. Implementation of methods in urban and regional planning;
4. Suitability for planning use.