Volume 6, Number 4 (winter 2003)                   JWSS 2003, 6(4): 11-25 | Back to browse issues page

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M. J. Monem, M. R. Alirezaee, E. Salehi. Performance Evaluation of Irrigation System Operation Using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). JWSS. 2003; 6 (4) :11-25
URL: http://jstnar.iut.ac.ir/article-1-133-en.html

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Recent studies have shown poor performance of irrigation systems, which indicates the requirement for special attention to performance improvement. The first step for improving the performance of irrigation systems is evaluation of the present situation. Performance evaluation methodologies presented so far are either qualitative such as DA (Diagnostic Analysis), RA (Rapid Appraisal) and FA (Framework Appraisal), or they are similar to classical methods even if they produce quantitative indicators. They fail to introduce performance standards. In this study, using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), which is a quantitative method and produces realistic standards, 8 irrigation systems were evaluated and their performances were determined. With respect to the number of decision-making units, inputs, outputs, and corresponding returns to scale for irrigation systems, a suitable DEA model was selected. Capabilities of DEA allow for separate treatment of performance evaluation of overall irrigation network and its operating company. This feature is implemented using different technical and operational indicators. The results indicated that Zayandeh Rood irrigation system, among the 8 irrigation systems, has the highest technical efficiency. Minab and Varamin systems have the lowest technical efficiencies. Golestan and Behbahan Networks perform well, although their operating companies are inefficient. Garmsar, Ghazvin, and Moghan systems, although not inefficient, have some improvement potentials. In general, with respect to the capabilities of DEA in performance evaluation of irrigation systems and indicating appropriate standard, it can be concluded that this technique is quite efficient and successful for performance evaluation and improvement of irrigation systems.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Ggeneral
Received: 2008/01/9

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