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by , August 13, 2013

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New publication: Public libraries connecting people for development

Last month, the final report of the Global Impact Study of Public Access ICTs, Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter, was released. In addition to the overall analysis presented in the final report, TASCHA researchers also conducted analysis specifically related to ICT access in public libraries in Botswana, Chile, and the Philippines. The report based on this analysis, Public libraries connecting people for development: Findings from the Global Impact Study, is now available for download. Using data from Botswana, Chile, and the Philippines, the report summarizes the study’s key findings with a focus on libraries, situating these venues in the context of national development, discussing some disputed issues, and providing recommendations for policymakers, library practitioners, and researchers.

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by , July 2, 2013

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Global Impact Study: Final report & findings released

Global Impact Study: Final report & findings released

While you’re likely reading this on your personal computer, enjoying reliable and fast internet, millions of people around the world still lack private access to this increasingly necessary resource to function and prosper in today’s world. How do those people connect to digital society? For many, digital inclusion is found at a library, a telecenter, or a cybercafé – their local public access ICT venue. For over a decade, significant investments have been made in these venues. However, their ability to contribute to development outcomes has come into question in recent times, spurred by the spread of mobile phones and other new technologies and applications. The Global Impact Study was designed to advance knowledge in this field by generating evidence about the scale, character, and impacts of public access ICTs. Today, we are excited to announce the release of the study's final report, Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter.

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by , October 2, 2012

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Public access and development: New brief released

Public access and development: New brief released

A brief based on some of the emerging findings of the Global Impact Study, Public access and development: The impact of public access venues and the benefits of libraries, has just been released. This two-page brief describes findings about the impact of public access venues on development, including the unique benefits successful public libraries offer. This brief is based on data from the surveys of over 5,000 public access venue users in five developing countries.

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by , February 22, 2012

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Survey methodology report released

Much of the Global Impact Study data comes from our public access ICT user survey, venue survey, and non-user survey in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, and the Philippines. Conducting such surveys in diverse countries is a complex process that requires rigorous methodologies to ensure the data and subsequent findings are sound. Our methodology report presents the context and the methodologies used for each of the three surveys. In addition to providing details about the survey implementation in each of the five countries, the report also covers the challenges we faced with these surveys and our mitigation strategies for these challenges.

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by , February 15, 2012

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Global Impact Study releases new web library

The Global Impact Study is pleased to announce that we have just launched a web library, through which users can search for and download Global Impact Study reports, tools, papers, data, and other documents. We will continue adding to the library over the coming months.

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