Understand complex issues:
The TranSTEP approach helps to ensure that the rich nature of complex issues are captured as they are explored.
Understand one’s own and others’ assumptions, view and values:
Through the systematic situation analysis and method reflection undertaken in TranSTEP, public and private decision makers will better understand other actors’ assumptions, views and values. Moreover, the learning that results from actually working together in the TranSTEP group will likely influence the participants’ own understanding of the issue and of their own assumptions and default working methods.
Create legitimacy and trust for advice and decisions:
The nature of complex technology policy issues means that facts and values often intertwine and will frequently be contested by experts, stakeholders or the public. If such contestation is invited into the assessment group from the start, the assumptions of the assessments are likely to be much more broadly deliberated and thus more robust when presented to a wider audience.
Increase transparency in assessments:
TranSTEP provides explicit situation analysis and method reflection, which will make it easier for those outside the TranSTEP group to evaluate the assessment and the integration of results from TranSTEP. Explicit situation analysis, method reflection and assessment design are important quality criteria for assessments in general and enhance the ability of decision makers, stakeholders and the public to evaluate whether they agree with the assumptions of the assessment and corresponding results, and will therefore facilitate integration of assessments in the future.
Address the most urgent issues:
Addressing a broad range of perspectives BEFORE designing assessment strategies may help to tailor assessments that target the most urgent issues, and not only the issues that established domains most easily can address. This may increase the efficiency of assessment efforts, by avoiding spending time and money on resolving issues that are not the real problem.
The scientific justification of TranSTEP can be found on the web pages of the European project EST-Frame, including peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.