A theoretical framework for data-economising appraisal procedures with applications to rural development planning

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The paper's objective is to construct a general framework which will increase the useful data, while reducing the cost of data collection in developing countries. The search for useful principles proceeds from the economics of information, via Karl Popper's principle of error reduction, and the use of information cybernetics in public decision-making, to the design of more cost-effective models of development processes, and the significance of alternative hierarchical administrative structures for the utility obtained from primary data. These components are combined into a unified logical framework. An integrated approach to management information is identified as a desirable adjunct for its application in practice.

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Predominantly agricultural economists and economists.
pp. 12-22
Rapid Rural Appraisal: social structure and rural economy
IDS Publications Office, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9RE, UK. E-mail: ids.books@sussex.ac.uk
Brighton, UK
R. Longhurst
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Institute of Development Studies

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