Benefits of community MPLIS: Efficiency, effectiveness, and equity

David L. Tulloch, Earl Epstein

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Traditional measures of benefits have focused primarily on efficiency, with some attention directed towards effectiveness. This paper describes community systems - ostensibly multipurpose land information systems (MPLIS) - that produce three categories of benefits: efficiency, effectiveness and equity (or empowerment). Building on the theoretical model of MPLIS development, the paper defines each type of benefit and describes when and where they can be observed and how they can be measured. The understanding of system benefits promoted by this paper is significant in that it places a higher emphasis on uses of system products throughout the community beyond the agencies that initiate the systems - and therefore community benefits than previous geographic information science benefits research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-211
Number of pages17
JournalTransactions in GIS
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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