Impact Assessment of ICT4D Projects
What have we got to show for the billions invested in ICT4D projects?
By and large, we’re not sure because relatively little impact assessment of ICT4D projects has been undertaken; and what has been undertaken often lacks clear framing and rigour.
Impact assessment is therefore pushing its way up the ICT4D agenda. For example, a number of ICT4D agencies have IA programmes; perhaps the biggest being the joint Gates Foundation/IDRC IPAI programme.
As a feed-in to that programme, staff with the University of Manchester’s Centre for Development Informatics created a “Compendium on Impact Assessment of ICT-for-Development Projects”. IDRC – the sponsor for its creation – has given permission for this Compendium to be shared, and it is attached here (2MB .doc file): idrc-ia-for-ict4d-compendium
The Compendium is arranged into three parts:
· Overview – explains the basis for understanding impact assessment of ICT4D projects (including the ICT4D Value Chain), and the different assessment frameworks that can be used.
· Frameworks – summarises a series of impact assessment frameworks, each one drawing from a different perspective.
· Bibliography – a tabular summary of real-world examples of ICT4D impact assessment.
This is an ongoing work, and comments or pointers to similar resources are welcome.