Global Impact Study
The Global Impact Study of Public Access to Information & Communication Technologies was a five-year project (2007-2012) to generate evidence about the scale, character, and impacts of public access to information and communication technologies. Looking at libraries, telecenters, and cybercafes, the study investigated impact in a number of areas, including communication and leisure, culture and language, education, employment and income, governance, and health. Developing better methodologies, conducting open research, and contributing to better policies and programs are key project outcomes. A related initiative, the Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Program, led by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, aimed to deepen the capacity of emerging scholars with the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of research on public access to ICT produced in developing countries.
For more information, check out the study's final report.
- Research Collections
Global Impact Study user survey data visualization tool
Research Summary: Why public access to ICTs matter
Video: Why public access ICTs matter
PowerPoint: Findings from the Global Impact Study
Briefing for WSIS +10: Accès libre – Aide à l’inclusion numérique pour tous
People & Organizations
- Project Team
- Tyler Davis, Ph.D. Candidate, Evans School of Public Affairs
- Araba Sey, Research Assistant Professor, Information School
- Chris Coward, Principal Research Scientist & TASCHA Director, Information School
- Chris Rothschild, Research Analyst, Information School
- Christine Prefontaine, Knowledge Sharing & Communication Advisor
- Karen Hirst, Administrative Coordinator, Information School
- Melody Clark, Communications Specialist, Information School
- Michelle Fellows, Research Analyst, Information School
- Rebecca Sears, TASCHA Assistant Director, Information School
- Lucas Koepke, Data Analyst, Information School
- Erwin Alampay, University of the Phillipines, National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG)
- François Bar, University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communications
- Michael Best, Georgia Institute of Technology, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
- Jonathan Donner, Microsoft Research India
- Godfred Frempong, Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI)
- Sandra Fried, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Libraries Program
- Rodrigo Garrido, Centro de Investigaciones de la Inclusion Digital y la Sociedad del Conocimiento (CIISOC), Universidad de La Frontera
- Mayette Macapagal, ideacorp Philippines
- Carlos Manjarrez, Institute of Museum & Library Services
- Birutė Mankevičiūtė, Society for Information and Development (S4ID)
- Jeremy Paley, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Balaji Parthasarathy, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
- Ananya Raihan, D.Net
- Ricardo Ramirez, University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development
- Janet Sawaya, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- George Sciadas, Statistics Canada
- Angelina Totolo, University of Botswana
- Frank Tulus, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
- Marta Voelcker, Fundação Pensamento Digital
- Marion Walton, University of Cape Town, Centre for Film and Media Studies
- Richard Zerbe, University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs
- New book highlights public access ICT venues across cultures
- ICT4Drinks Seattle September 2014 edition
- A year later: New resources from the Global Impact Study
- Event summary: If mobile phones killed the telecenter, what is next for public access?
- What is the role of public access in the post-2015 development agenda?
- New infographic: Why does public access to technology matter for development?
- Upcoming event: If mobile phones killed the telecentre, what is next for public internet access?