Technology Evaluation
Technology Evaluation

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Technology Evaluation

4.7 The characteristics of ‘effective practical evaluation’

Chen (2005, p. 234) asserts that the characteristics of ‘effective practical evaluation’ must be: future action-directedness; scientific and stakeholder credibility; and a holistic approach. Ultimately, this assertion seems to be both ethically and professionally sound, whatever the function or form that technology evaluation, or indeed any type of evaluation, may take, or the name used to catergorise it. Chen was writing from a programme evaluation perspective only, so I will paraphrase and extend his reasoning to offer some core principles that I suggest ought to underpin technology evaluation and assessment.

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