New Models of Technology Assessment for Development
Title: New Models of Technology Assessment for Development
Authors: Adrian Ely, Patrick Van Zwanenberg and Andrew Stirling
Pages: 50 pp.
ISBN: 978 1 85864 993 5
Source: STEPS Working Paper 45
Publisher: STEPS Centre
Date (published): 02/06/2011
Date (accessed): 13/07/2011
Type of information: research paper
On-line access: yes (pdf)
"Technology assessment (TA) is a term for processes that collect, interpret and evaluate information and perspectives about different technological options, in order to inform investments, strategies or policies (see Figure 1). It can play an important part in steering science, technology and innovation towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and addressing the sustainability objectives at the centre of the Rio+20 summit in June 2012. This briefing outlines work conducted at the STEPS Centre that investigates how ‘new models’ of technology assessment may support these development aims.
What are the ‘new models’ of technology assessment?
The new models of technology assessment
- combine citizen and decision-maker participation with technical expertise
- can be conducted ‘virtually’ using new information and communication technologies
- are networked rather than being based in a single office of technology assessment
- are flexible enough to address issues across disciplines and
- are increasingly transnational or global in their reach and scope.
The STEPS Centre report...examines the utility of these ‘new models’ of technology assessment in a broad range of geographical contexts, asking to what extent they can be applied to improving the lives of poor and vulnerable populations in the developing world."