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Community-Engaged Operations Research: Trends, New Frontiers and Current Applications
University of Michigan Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (2017)
  • Michael P Johnson, Jr.
Abstract
Community-engaged operations research is an extension of multiple OR/MS traditions to support participatory scholarship, localized impact and social change. It applies critical thinking, evidence-based policy analysis, community participation and decision modeling to local interventions. It emphasizes the needs, voices and values of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. Through a survey of current scholarship in two complementary areas of inquiry, ‘community operational research’ (referring to work by primarily UK-based researchers) and ‘community-based operations research’ (referring to work by primarily US-based researchers), we develop principles for community-engaged OR, present critical questions that represent opportunities to expand the impact of this work, and discuss current projects whose methods and applications have the potential to enrich research and practice in OR/MS generally.
Keywords
  • community operational research,
  • community-based operations research,
  • public-sector operations research,
  • community-engaged scholarship
Publication Date
December 1, 2017
Location
Ann Arbor, MI
Citation Information
Michael P Johnson. "Community-Engaged Operations Research: Trends, New Frontiers and Current Applications" University of Michigan Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_johnson/95/