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3 .7.0

Technical Feasibility Assessments

SERIES 3
B uilding Resilience

The main objective of a technical feasibility study is to determine

C ontents of Set
3.7.0: Guide
3 .7.1: Activity 1

all projects being considered in order to better understand if

IN THIS SET YOU WILL:

whether a certain plan of action is feasible—that is, will it work? A technical feasibility assessment should be applied to

9 Learn the steps involved in implementing a
technical feasibility study;

the project can be done “technically” and whether it can be done “here and now.” Moreover, the early stages of technical analysis will help identify areas of strengths and weakness in

9 Complete a simplified technical feasibility
assessment for one of your proposed resilience

the proposed project so that your city managers know where to

projects; and

direct further thought, planning, resources or assistance. You should conduct a technical feasibility assessment both at the early concept stage, to identify potential weaknesses or gaps in

9 Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your
assessment and how you might use feasibility

the approach, and when the project proposal has been finalized

assessments in general in developing and

and is ready for implementation.

implementing your resilience strategy.

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Overview

In a technical feasibility assessment you will consider
a number of questions, criteria, and factors related to

Technical Feasibility’ is analysis or research into the
practicality of a proposed plan or method, including whether

successful implementation, including:
Technology and techniques: Do the technology and

it can be delivered with the available technology, techniques,

techniques required to deliver this project exist locally

skills and resources (human and financial). A technical

or globally? Have they been used before? If a new

feasibility assessment will therefore focus on ‘can it be done’.

technology or technique is needed, how confident

This means that technical feasibility assessments are not

are we in its success? How can we demonstrate

just for highly technical or ‘hard’ projects (e.g. infrastructure

or support this confidence? What local or external

solutions), but are valuable for any project, including those

assistance might be required to introduce or support

based on softer approaches such as capacity building,

the use of the technology or techniques?

community action, and policy development. A technical
feasibility assessment should also addresses the practicality of the proposed project by addressing potential constraints
such as available timeframe, risks to implementation, and
governance (such as regulations).

Technical capacity/skills: Do the skills exist locally
to design and implement the project? Have they
been used before? If some or all of the skills don’t
exist locally, which skills need to be sought out
externally and where? Many of these skills will have

Technical feasibility analyses do not evaluate ‘should it
be done’, which may be better revealed through other
approaches such as cost-benefit, vulnerability analysis,
stakeholder consultations, environmental and social
assessments, and multi-criteria analysis. Many of these
other approaches are addressed in other Series 3 Guides.

been identified in Set 3.6: Capacity Assessment, but
through this process you may identify additional,
highly technical skills associated with a specific
project that need to be assessed
Human and financial resources: What is the scope of
human and financial (budget) resources required to
implement this project? Will the human resources be
accessible, and how might costs...
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