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Using multiple methods to understand agency values and objectives: Lessons for public lands management

  • Iingrid M. Martin


  • Toddi A. Steelman


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    The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) directs agencies to determine their objectives based on what stakeholders value. Identifying, measuring and analyzing values and objectives is a key challenge for public land management agencies. Using R and Q factor analysis we assess the values and objectives within the Leadership Team (LT) of the United States Forest Service (USFS). R-factor analysis demonstrates strong support among the LT for a more preservation-oriented view to manage public lands. Q-factor analysis reveals divergent perspectives among the LT and how the aggregated preservation orientation found with the R-factor analysis plays out according to individual perspectives. The findings illustrate the challenges inherent in identifying what values and objectives exist, how they should be analyzed, and the implications for choosing one set of values and objectives over another in public lands management to fulfill the mandates under GPRA.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Policy Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (03)
    Pages: 37-69

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:policy:v:37:y:2004:i:1:p:37-69
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