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ERIC Number: EJ1055374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1814-0556
Building Community Capacities in Evaluating Rural IT Projects: Success Strategies from the LEARNERS Project
Lennie, June; Hearn, Greg; Simpson, Lyn; Kimber, Megan
International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, v1 n1 p13-31 2005
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.
International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. University of the West Indies Open Campus, Dave Hill, St. Michael BB11000, Barbados. Tel: 868-663-9021; Fax: 868-645-9741; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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