An Impact assessment model for technology development programs

Tiryaki, Erkan
Economic and social development of a country is directly related with the sustainable technology development capabilities and innovation capabilities of its own. Technology development activities are assumed to be the most challenging process of the R&D ecosystem. Mostly the public sector funds the technology development programs because of the required huge resources, difficulty in coordination of multiple partners and risky management stages. This dissertion aims to submit an impact assessment model for especially public funded technology development programs for sustainability, accountability and effective management purposes. Proposed model consists of three sub modules which are technology asessment module, economic output assessment module and economic outcome assessment module. An experimental case study has been conducted to prove the usefulness of the proposed model. Case study assessments are done with 35 qualified personnel who are researchers, project managers, academic staff and program experts from Turkey’s the most prestigious institutes, universities, research centers and funding corporations. Analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and TOPSIS methods are used to analyze the qualitative technology maturity level with respect to 9 technological indicators. Expert assessments are done to measure the economic outputs return value by means of 8 economic output indicators. The results show that any technology development program must give priority for qualitative researcher employment, national design competence and activation of technological prototype outputs respectively. The achieved qualitative technology maturity level is calculated for sustainability purposes, the insufficient maturity areas and a network impact schema are displayed and an economic return rate is calculated for accountability purposes.