The Gerontologist, Vol 34, Issue 3 363-370, Copyright © 1994 by The Gerontological Society of America
An assessment of efficiency of area agencies on aging in Virginia through data envelopment analysis
YA Ozcan and JJ Cotter
Department of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 23298.
This study investigates the efficiency of Area Agencies on Aging using Data
Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Efficiency was calculated based on resources
available and service units produced. Results demonstrated that extent of
inefficiency in agencies and how efficiency of individual Area Agencies on
Aging can be improved relative to their peer agencies. Analyses by
organizational type, size, and rural-urban differences indicated
governmental agencies and large agencies were more likely to be efficient.
Rural agencies were about equally likely to be efficient as inefficient.