How do the TAF and TIP work?

The TAF and TIP are designed as an open-source participatory tools, through which relevant actors can be involved in the collection of data and in the generation and discussion of results. This allows all actors, including representatives from national and local government and users of the technology such as communities, to bring in their perspectives and views and to hear the opinions of other actors.

It is applied using a four-step procedure:

  • The TAF process starts with a screening in step 1. The screening focuses on two key questions: Is there a need for this technology? Is the technology at all feasible in this region?;
  • If the screening is positive, the technology will be comprehensively assessed against 18 indicators in step 2;
  • In step 3 the results are collected and presented;
  • In step 4 all results are comprehensively interpreted and the Technology Introduction Process is used to explore pathways to scaling-up.

How much does it cost to apply the TAF?

The TAF is designed as a 4-step process, which includes field work. All four steps should be accomplished. All relevant actors should be involved in the field work and in the scoring workshop. There should be sufficient resources to accomplish all four steps properly. The application of the TAF costs around US$ 3,000 per assessment of one technology per district.

Start now…

Below are the manuals and templates that you will need to get started (the links will take you the document library on the RWSN website, where you can find other relevant resources:

Step 0: Read the Manual!

Step 1: Screening Sheets

Choose the appropriate for your needs, or adapt one to fit what your assessment:

Step 2: Assessment Indicator Sheets

Choose the appropriate for your needs, or adapt one to fit what your assessment:

Step 3: Present Results

Some template to help you present and report your assessment:

Step 4: Interpretation and Technology Introduction Process

If the TAF assessment is positive, then use the TIP to help you scale-up the technology:

Have you developed screening or assessment sheets for other types of technology? Share it.

Do you want to help us improve the TAF? Take a look at this consultation version of TAF 2.0 and give us your ideas.

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