A year later: New resources from the Global Impact Study


It’s been just over a year since we released the Global Impact Study‘s final report, Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter. In the past year, we have been very busy disseminating the findings, participating in discussions about public access and development, and creating various tools and resources based on the study’s findings and data.

We’ve developed numerous resources to help answer the overarching question, “Why do public access ICTs matter for development?” The goal of the resources listed below is to help make the study’s findings and data more accessible and relevant to the international development, public library, and public access communities. It is our hope that you’ll find these materials useful in understanding the study’s key findings and recommendations, as well as for use in your own work.

  • Infographic (link)
  • PowerPoint slidedeck (link)
  • Video (link)
  • Research Summary (link)
  • Web version of report (link)
  • eBook version of report (link)
  • Data visualization tool (link)

The release of the final report and the study’s findings generated new opportunities for this research to contribute to policy and practice discussions. We partnered with the Association of Progressive Communications (APC) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to produce a briefing paper, Public access: Supporting digital inclusion for all – Maximising the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for inclusive social and economic development, that was presented at two events on the post-2015 development agenda (The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) in May and the WSIS +10 High-Level Event in June). 

We also co-sponsored an IREXtech Deep Dive discussion with IREX’s Center for Collaborative Technology. The Deep Dive discussion was driven by the question, do we still need public access to information and communication technologies in the age of the mobile phone? Read a summary of the discussion here.

In addition to the above, we’ve had the opportunity to present the Global Impact Study’s findings at numerous conferences and meetings over the past year. Many of our presentations can be found on TASCHA’s Slideshare page.

If you have any feedback and/or questions about any of the above resources or our activities, we encourage you to let us know  feel free to comment below, Tweet us (@TASCHAGroup), or email us at tascha (at) uw (dot) edu.


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