4.7.2 Scientific and stakeholder credibility
Technology evaluation has historically focused on gaining scientific credibility, which in certain contexts is undoubtedly warranted. However, an underlying principle of this unit is that context is a fundamental factor in the rationale for, and design and operation of, technologies, as well as for the design, conduct and outcome of evaluation. Stakeholders will always be a feature of a context. Consequently, to obtain and maintain credibility a balance has to be struck between scientific and stakeholder credibility. Anything less can – and probably will – be used to challenge both the conduct and outcome of the evaluation.