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Technology and society: GSS-supported participatory policy analysis

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This article is about a Group Support System (GSS) used as a participatory instrument in policy analysis. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) initiated the program "Technology and Society". This program aims to encourage the use of technological innovations and applications for the solution of social problems. Tools in this program are technology scans. These scans help to identify innovations and applications. The MEA organised a consultation round which consisted of five GSS-meetings. Policy-relevant actors from politics, trade and industry, knowledge infrastructure and social organisations discussed social problems, concrete technology-based project ideas and criteria for the selection of these project ideas. An answer is given to the question of whether a GSS is an effective tool to support the quality of this type of participatory policy analysis in technology policy-making.

Keywords: GSS, GroupSystems, policy-making, participatory policy analysis, technology policy, technology scans and technology assessment

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