Award Date

1-1-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Water Resource Management

First Committee Member

Krystyna Stave

Number of Pages

125

Abstract

This thesis describes and discusses research which proposes that a system dynamics based-workshop can promote meaningful public participation in the resource management decision making process. The research tested the effectiveness of a system dynamics computer model for: (1) improving communication about technical data and stakeholder views; (2) increasing learning and insight into resource management issues; and (3) enhancing public trust in the decision making process. Seven research workshops were conducted to test the effectiveness of the model-based workshop for facilitating public participation in the management of the Las Vegas, NV water system. Workshop analysis showed that the system dynamics-based approach aided the workshop process. This thesis describes criteria for meaningful participation and the use of system dynamics for satisfying that criteria, development of the model and research workshops, data analysis, and the results and discussion of that analysis.

Keywords

Dynamic; Improving; Management; Models; Participation; Potential; Public; Resources; System; Testing

Controlled Subject

Environmental sciences; Public administration

File Format

pdf

File Size

2836.48 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/lhw6-yfjj


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