Structure and flexibility in global research design: Methodological choices in Landscape Study

Abstract

This paper presents the research methodology for the global study “Landscape of Public Access to ICT in 25 Countries” (referred to as the Landscape Study), a study conducted in 2007-2009 by the University of Washington’s Technology & Social Change Group, with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The study looked at public access venues (public libraries, telecentres, cybercafés, other) that offer public access to information, especially through information and communication technologies (ICT), in 25 countries around the world. We describe here the criteria for the country selection, selection of local research partners in each country, research design considerations, data analysis, and limitations of the study.

Recommended Citation

Gomez, R., Camacho, K., & Gould, E. (2009). Structure and flexibility in global research design: Methodological choices in Landscape Study of Public Access in 25 Countries. TASCHA Working Paper. Seattle: Technology & Social Change Group (formerly the Center for Information & Society), University of Washington Information School.

Keywords

telecenters, libraries, public access, methodology