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It must specifically account for the goals or objectives of the decisionmaker.
â¢ The process must enable users to balance economic, technical, environmental, and social factors.
The research team identified four generic types of decisions that might be made regarding alternative container transport systems: â¢ Support for research and development. The general scale of financial commitment rises roughly a thousand-fold, from thousands of dollars in research support to millions of dollars for demonstrations to billions of dollars for construction.
â¢ Readiness for incorporation or anticipation in other projects. The complexity and rigor of the evaluation method should rise accordingly.
49 Overview Objectives The research team developed the following specific objectives for evaluation method development: â¢ The process must consider the goal being pursued and the scope and nature of the decision being made.
â¢ The method should guide evaluations of potential alternative container transport systemsâ both in the abstract and in specific port and terminal applications.
â¢ The method should make it easy to (1) identify and quantify the impact of inevitable project tradeoffs and (2) perform sensitivity analyses.
â¢ The process should accommodate the widest reasonable range of alternatives.
â¢ Local, state, and regional environmental agencies. Scope and Purpose of Decisions A key finding regarding evaluation methods for container transport systems is that âone size does not fit all.â The resulting evaluation method should be adaptable to specific circumstances.
â¢ Community interest and environmental organizations. Effective alignment of the projectâs purpose, scope, goals, and evaluation process is a critical success factor.