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The EvaluateIT Kit: A Method for Engaging Communities in Evaluating IT Projects

Lennie, June, Hearn, Gregory N., & Hanrahan, Mary U. (2005) The EvaluateIT Kit: A Method for Engaging Communities in Evaluating IT Projects. In International Conference on Engaging Communities, 14-17 August 2005, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

All community development projects that involve communication and information technologies (C&IT) rely on interactive participation with community members and stakeholders. Participation in design, content development, literacy building and training are all important. When it comes to evaluating the impacts and effectiveness of community IT projects, participation is equally important. So how can community IT projects be evaluated in an inclusive and participatory way? This paper outlines how this can be achieved using an online resource kit developed by Queensland University of Technology and its industry partners - www.evaluateit.org. The EvaluateIT kit is one of the results of three years of intensive research with two rural communities who were developing projects such as community websites to enhance their communities and improve communication and learning. In this paper we:

• Discuss the value of participatory action research and participatory evaluation in evaluating community projects. • Describe the process involved in designing and developing the EvaluateIT kit. • Summarise results of questionnaires and focus group discussions on the kit with rural and regional participants. • Present a detailed case study of how a community group successfully used the EvaluateIT process to improve a rural library website. • Suggest other uses and applications of the kit.

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ID Code: 1969
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Community capacity building, ICTs, participatory evaluation, EvaluateITkit, action research, IT projects, community participation and inclusion, evaluation resources, communication and information technology projects, rural community development
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:54

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