JAQM Volume 2, Issue 3 - September 30, 2007
Projects and Programs Evaluation. Risks, resources, activities, portfolio and project management.
Modeling the Effects of Early Childhood Intervention Variables on Parent
and Family Well-Being (p 268)
Carl J. DUNST,
Deborah W. HAMBY ,
Structural equation modeling was used to evaluate
the effects of family, child, and both early childhood intervention
process and structural variables on parent and family well-being in
a sample of 250 parents involved in birth to age three early childhood
intervention programs. Family SES and income had direct positive effects,
family-centered early intervention practices had direct and indirect
positive effects, perceived program control appraisals had direct
and indirect positive effects, and early intervention program service
intensity had direct negative effects on either or both self-efficacy
beliefs and parent and family well-being. Findings are discussed in
terms of the benefits and limitations of different features of early
childhood intervention and the use of SEM for program evaluation.
Web Site Projects Evaluation – A Case Study of Romanian Faculties of
Economics Web Sites (p 289)
Sidonia Otilia VULTUR,
Delia Adriana MARINCAS
In this paper, an evaluation of web sites regarded
like projects is discussed. We give an overview of the Web Assessment
Index (WAI), by presenting a web sites of Romanian Faculties of Economics
case study. The WAI contains five categories: accessibility, access
speed, navigability, content and reliability. We analyzed and presented
a detailed report of the results coming out from this study. This
study is important to understand the issues on which the faculties
web sites are confronting.
IT Project Metrics (p 302)
The objectives of IT projects are presented. The
quality requirements that these projects must fulfill are established.
Quality and evaluation indicators for running IT projects are built
and verified. Project quality characteristics are presented and discussed.
Model refinement for IT project metrics is treated and a software
structure is proposed. For an IT project which is designed for software
development, quality evaluation and project implementation mode metrics
of Projects - A Cybernetic Control (p
Control is the last element in the implementation
cycle planning-monitoring-controlling. Information is collected about
system performance, compared with the desired (or planned) level,
and action taken if actual and desired performance differ enough that
the controller (manager) wishes to decrease the difference. Note that
reporting performance, comparing the differences between desired and
actual performance levels, and accounting for why such differences
exist are all parts of the control process. In essence control is
the act of reducing the difference between plan and reality. Control
is focused of the three elements of project-performance, cost and
time. The project manager is constantly concerned with these three
aspects of the project. Is the project delivering what it promised
to deliver or more? Is it making delivery at or below the promised
cost? Is it making delivery at or before the promised time? It is
strangely easy to lose sight of these fundamental targets, especially
in large projects with a wealth of detail and a great number of subprojects.
Large projects develop their own momentum and tend to get out of hand,
going their own way independent of the wishes of the project manager
and the intent of the proposal.
Elasticity of the Price of a Stock and its Beta (p
E. S. JEEVANAND
Systematic risk in an investment in a security
is measured by the security’s beta. The beta of a stock is considered
as a very important parameter in asset pricing. It is used to estimate
the expected return of a stock with respect to its market return.
Beta is estimated by the regression method. In this paper, we consider
some problems associated with the concept of beta and its estimation.
We also advocate for the use of elasticity as an alternative to beta.
Aspects on Solving a Linear Fractional Transportation Problem (p
This paper presents the three-dimensional transportation
problem, a double sum model in which the objective function is the
ratio of two positive linear functions. This paper objective is to
present how to obtain optimum with simplex method. To illustrate the
procedure, a numerical example is given.
Weighted Possibilistic Mean Variance and Covariance of Fuzzy Numbers
In the context of Markowitz portfolio selection
problem (Markowitz,1959), this paper develops a “weighted” possibilistic
mean-variance and covariance portfolio selection model. In the process
of selecting a portfolio, this work is concerned with the choice of
the portfolio (Markowitz,1952).
Development and Networking in the European Union and Romania: The Partnership
Significance (p 350)
Luiza N. RADU
Daniela Luminita CONSTANTIN
In a complex and interdependent world, many of
the problems to be solved - from reduction of unemployment and social
exclusion to improving the economic competitiveness – the spatial,
territorial dimension becomes more and more important. It has become
the third dimension of the European Union cohesion policy, added to
the economic and social ones. The territorial delineation of the economic
issues leans toward an approach that reflects the necessity of involvement
of all decisional levels and economic actors, both for identifying
the problems and for implementing the optimal solutions. Starting
from these overall considerations this paper explores the significance
of the partnership setting up and development for the creation of
sustainable territorial networks, able to support the implementation
of regional policy in Romania, considering the overall European context.