Building community capacities in evaluating rural IT projects: Success strategies from the LEARNERS project

Lennie, J, Hearn, G, Simpson, L and Kimber, M 2005, 'Building community capacities in evaluating rural IT projects: Success strategies from the LEARNERS project', International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 13-31.


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Title Building community capacities in evaluating rural IT projects: Success strategies from the LEARNERS project
Author(s) Lennie, J
Hearn, G
Simpson, L
Kimber, M
Year 2005
Journal name International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 13
End page 31
Total pages 19
Publisher University of the West Indies * Distance Education Centre
Abstract Given the current emphasis on the benefits of communication and information technologies (C&IT) for sustainable rural community development, effective evaluations of C&IT initiatives are increasingly important. This paper presents outcomes of a project that aimed to build capacities of people in two Australian rural communities to evaluate C&IT initiatives. The project's participatory action research and participatory evaluation methods were effective in increasing skills and knowledge, and facilitating various forms of empowerment. However, some limitations and disempowering effects and barriers to participation were identified. Based on our critical reflections, we present strategies for successful community capacity building projects and sustainable C&IT initiatives in rural areas.
Keyword(s) Building community capacities
participatory action research
participatory evaluation methods
LEARNERS Project
rural communities.
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