Building community capacities in evaluating rural IT projects : success strategies from the LEARNERS Project

Lennie, June, Hearn, Gregory N., Simpson, Lynette E., & Kimber, Megan P. (2005) Building community capacities in evaluating rural IT projects : success strategies from the LEARNERS Project. International Journal of Education & Development using Information and Communication Technology, 1(1), pp. 13-31.

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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.

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ID Code: 18725
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1814-0556
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 the authors
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2009 03:27
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:18

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