ERIC Number: ED070377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Technology and Public Policy. The Process of Technology Assessment in the Federal Government.
Coates, Vary T.
Technology assessment is the systematic identification, analysis, and evaluation of the real and potential impacts of technology on social, economic, environmental, and political systems and processes. In a highly industrialized society such as the United States, the interaction between technology and public policy is continual and complex. Federal executive agencies perform and fund research and development; they foster, subsidize, use, and regulate technological applications. Technology assessment has been advanced as a way of enabling decisionmakers to better understand and anticipate the societal impacts of technological developments. The purpose of the research reported in the present report was to carry out an empirical investigation of the quality of the Federal process for planning and evaluating technological programs. It was found that Federal executive agencies, have, within the last 5 to 10 years, improved and broadened the process through which they plan and evaluate technological projects and programs. However, Congress is demanding from public administrators more soundly grounded information about the possible consequences of governmental actions that decisionmaking on the national level might be even more improved. (HS)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC.