An Analysis of the Impact of Grant Involvement on Perceptions of Terrorism Preparedness Improvement in Texas
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The works of classical American pragmatists suggest that increased worker participation consistent with participatory management ideals will increase perceptions regarding the quality of the final work product. This study used survey research to test four hypotheses. The first two state that State Homeland Security Grant Program participants who report greater involvement in the equipment and training procurement process will perceive greater improvement in preparedness in these areas since September 11, 2001. The second two state that those same participants would perceive greater post-September 11, 2001 preparedness in these same areas. Perceptions of 82 respondents were examined. The independent and dependent variables were examined univariately through graphical representation, measures of central tendency, and dispersion. Finally, a multivariate logistic regression model was utilized to analyze the dependent variables. The results of the model provided no support for the first set of research hypotheses. Neither jurisdiction size nor level of involvement in the equipment and training procurement process were significantly related to perceptions of improvement in preparedness in the areas of equipment and training. The results of the model did provide support for the second set of research hypotheses. The examination of the dependent variables revealed that level of involvement was significantly and positively related to post-September 11, 2001 perception of preparedness in the areas of equipment and training, while jurisdiction size was not significantly related.