Public Programs, Service and Needs
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Purpose: The section is concerned with the application of operations research and management science to questions of public policy and the management of public resources. The systematic use of OR and MS techniques and tools aids decision making and the management of operations in the public sector.
This special issue presents seven papers that address some of the key problems from the humanitarian and public sectors and suggest potential solution approaches. Many public sector operations and policies at the tactical and strategic levels require the analysis of complex systems with many interactions and tradeoffs. This issue of Interfaces focuses on the interest of OR/MS researchers in humanitarian and public sector applications that have been steadily increasing over the past decade.