The Role of Quantitative Analysis and the Computer in Program Budgeting.

by David Novick

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A transcript of an address presented at the Institute for Budget and Management Training on the use of quantitative analysis as it relates to decisionmaking in the Planning-Programming-Budgeting System. Quantitative methods and the computer are important tools in clarifying objectives, assumptions, and facts in any policy debate, but decisions will continue to be the result of a political process in which economic and social change are involved and in which value judgments are as important as quantitative methods. Program budgeting, with its essential characteristics of systematic analysis of objectives, the search for alternatives, and the comparison and analysis of alternatives, provides information on which to base decisions that would not be available without the use of quantitative methods and the computer. 7 pp.

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