Technology Evaluation
Technology Evaluation

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Technology Evaluation

Evaluating technology

Introduction

The aim of this course is to establish why evaluation and assessment is so important when making choices about, and investment in, technology. It deals with a wide range of theoretical, conceptual, methodological and contextual ideas and issues. It will be argued that these are relevant regardless of whether the focus of attention is a specific technology, the process of designing and building a technology, or a technology-based project, policy or programme.

Following a fairly wide-ranging introduction to the subject, Section 2 of Part 1 discusses why understanding technology evaluation and assessment is so important in today’s world. Section 3 unpacks what we mean by evaluation and how activities such as monitoring and inspection fit within it. Section 4 explores and analyses the functions of evaluation, starting with a detailed examination of technology assessment (which I argue should be treated as a separate, but related, activity), followed by an examination of all the common forms of evaluation. Section 5 examines how costs and benefits are defined, including the question of intangibles, and how our values and beliefs influence how we define what is a benefit and what is a cost.

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