This paper describes a method for assessing technology development proposals (and hence alternative research investments) in the light of their likely policy relevant impact. In order to do so, descriptions of proposed new technologies are compared with information about the interests of, resources available to, and locational characteristics of different groups of potential users. This method has been formalised as a decision support system for researchers and research managers. This computer-based decision support system, Interface, was developed for the southern part of Ghana at the forest-agriculture interface. The system has initially been 'populated' with data relating to this part of Ghana, but the authors believe that the concepts and techniques described in this article could be applied to virtually any rural area of the developing world with only minor modifications.
Reece, D., Sumberg, J. and Pommier, L. 2002. Matching natural resource management technologies with potential end users: A knowledge engineering approach. Annex 3 of the Final Technical Report of project R7515. Norwich: Overseas Development Group, University of East Anglia, UK, 21 pp.