A resource kit for evaluating community IT projects
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The four steps to evaluate your IT project:

step 1   Plan the review
step 2   Involve people
in the review
step 3   Do the review
step4   Review results and
make the changes

Step 2: Involve people in the review

Who else should we involve in the review?
  • Have we involved a range of relevant people from the community who were, or could be affected by the project? Groups to consider >
  • Have we included relevant formal and informal community leaders? Types of leaders to consider >
  • Who is likely to spend time and effort on the review and what skills, knowledge and information can they contribute?
  • Have we included everyone who’s interested in learning more about using IT for work, business, education or other purposes?
  • Should we include any government agencies (e.g. State Development) or professional organisations (e.g. Chamber of Commerce) that may be able to provide information?
What will encourage them to take part?
  • Do we know ways of getting people interested and encouraging them to participate in the review? Suggested methods >
  • Do our plans allow everyone to take part who wants to (e.g. by holding activities at times and places that meet their needs, by using methods that suit different people)?
  • Are we using effective methods for planning and organising activities, do we hold interesting and enjoyable activities that enable people to learn useful new skills?
  • Who in the community can help us?
What can I/ we contribute to the review?
  • Am I prepared to give feedback at workshops, interviews or focus groups?
  • Can I help put short surveys together, and can I help distribute them by post, telephone, fax, email, at local community events or meetings etc.?
  • Do I/we know about community organisations, businesses and networks, and do I have research skills for finding out information?
  • Can I encourage more people to take part in the review by word-of-mouth, email, or by writing something for a local newsletter or website?
What else do we need to do a useful review?
  • What funding and other resources are available?
  • What existing information could assist with the review (e.g. a recent review of another project, results of another community survey)?
  • What information about IT facilities, skills and needs in this community do we want that we do not currently have, who would have it, and how can we get it?

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