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Review of frameworks for technology assessment

A WASHTech literature review of existing frameworks for technology assessment reveals that there is a gap for a WASH technology assessment tool and a WASH technology uptake tool. The authors of the review, which supports the development of WASHTech’s Technology Assessment Framework, (TAF), conclude that a computer tool based on an algorithm is not appropriate because it is too rigid. Choosing a manageable number of appropriate indicators is key for assessing new technologies.

The uptake process, and particularly the tipping point stage between piloting and widespread adoption, is generally done badly and there is little guidance or support to be found in the literature. However, what is clear is that guiding the user through this process requires a lot of emphasis on stakeholder mapping and defining clear goals and responsibilities for all involved.

After an initial analysis of 13 related technology assessment frameworks, the following six were selected for further analysis:

In their analysis of the selected frameworks, the authors examine four key issues:

  • technology as part of a system
  • scoring procedures
  • indicators
  • process of innovation and technology uptake

More detailed lists of indicators used in several of the frameworks are provided in an annex.

TitleReview of frameworks for technology assessment
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsOlschewski, A, Danert, K, Furey, S, Klingel, F
Pagination52 p.; fig., tab.
Date Published2011-08-30
PublisherSKAT (Swiss Centre for Development Cooperation in Technology and Management)
Place PublishedSt. Gallen, Switzerland
Keywordsappropriate technology, decision making, sanitation services, water supply services
Abstract

A WASHTech literature review of existing frameworks for technology assessment reveals that there is a gap for a WASH technology assessment tool and a WASH technology uptake tool. The authors of the review, which supports the development of WASHTech’s Technology Assessment Framework, (TAF), conclude that a computer tool based on an algorithm is not appropriate because it is too rigid. Choosing a manageable number of appropriate indicators is key for assessing new technologies.

The uptake process, and particularly the tipping point stage between piloting and widespread adoption, is generally done badly and there is little guidance or support to be found in the literature. However, what is clear is that guiding the user through this process requires a lot of emphasis on stakeholder mapping and defining clear goals and responsibilities for all involved.

After an initial analysis of 13 related technology assessment frameworks, the following six were selected for further analysis:

In their analysis of the selected frameworks, the authors examine four key issues:

  • technology as part of a system
  • scoring procedures
  • indicators
  • process of innovation and technology uptake

More detailed lists of indicators used in several of the frameworks are provided in an annex.

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