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A Combinatorial Assessment Methodology for Complex Policy Analysis


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  • Francesca Medda

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Peter Nijkamp

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


This paper proposes an integrated evaluation methodology which serves to alleviate the limitations of a singleevaluation approach by combining different assessment and policy analysis methods. It is demonstrated that, in a multi-criteria context, a so-called combinatorial framework can cope with the serious limitations of the above mentionedapproach, in particular the potential redundancy in the information table and the subjectivity of the 'expert' in theweight choice procedure. We use rough set analysis as a tool for classifying and identifying the most critical decisionattributes, while next a multi-criteria analysis is deployed in combination with other methods. We apply this newcombinatorial assessment methodology to an illustrative case study on transportation planning, where the coreassessment methodology is formed by a combined qualitative-quantitative regime analysis, extended withcomplementary approaches. The results of the analysis indicate that the combinatorial method indeed has theflexibility and capacity to assess complex multidimensional policy issues.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 99-040/3.

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Date of creation: 08 Jun 1999
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:19990040

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  1. Nijkamp, Peter & Bal, Frans & Medda, Francesca, 1998. "A survey of methods for sustainable city planning and cultural heritage management," Serie Research Memoranda, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics 0050, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
  2. Van Pelt, M. & Kuyvenhoven, A. & Nijkamp, P., 1990. "Project Appraisal And Substainability: The Applicability Of Cost-Benefit And Multi-Criteria Analysis," Mansholt Working Papers, Wageningen University, Mansholt Graduate School of Social Sciences 1990-5, Wageningen University, Mansholt Graduate School of Social Sciences.
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  1. John Bradley & Timo Mitze & Edgar Morgenroth & Gerhard Untiedt, 2006. "How can we know if EU cohesion policy is successful? Integrating micro and macro approaches to the evaluation of Structural Funds," Working Papers, GEFRA - Gesellschaft fuer Finanz- und Regionalanalysen 1-2006, GEFRA - Gesellschaft fuer Finanz- und Regionalanalysen.


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