Validating a structured ICT for development evaluations approach

Kivunike FN, Ekenberg L, & Danielson M (2015). Validating a structured ICT for development evaluations approach. In: 6th International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Eds. Ngungu, A., Pehrson, B. & Sansa-Otim, J., Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST (147). pp. 251-260 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-16885-2 DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-16886-9_26.

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The use of structured evaluation approaches, especially those that rely on qualitative criteria for the appraisal of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) contribution to development, is a fairly new occurrence, whose relevance to research and practice is to a large extent unclear. For this purpose, this paper proposes and applies a multidimensional validation framework that is based on the validation square framework initially developed for the evaluation of design methods. It is applied to validate an evaluations approach developed for appraisal of the ICT contribution to social and economic development. Based on the proposed validation framework it is established that despite some skepticism, the structured approach is generally useful for the evaluation of the ICT contribution to development because (i) its underlying theoretical basis demonstrates its likelihood to facilitate evaluations of the ICT contribution to development; (ii) in comparison to the existing approaches, using the structured evaluation approach will most probably produce results in less time and less cost; and finally (iii) it is useful in a variety of contexts.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT for development; ICT4D; ICT projects; impact evaluation
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Exploratory and Special projects (ESP)
Bibliographic Reference: 6th International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries, AFRICOMM 2014; Kampala; Uganda; 24 November 2014 through 25 November 2014
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 13:22
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 05:51

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