Evidence Narratives: Stories of the impact of computer training

Evaluation of community technology interventions is notoriously difficult. Computer training is one factor that must be understood in the context of a whole range of local resources and constraints. TASCHA work around evidence and storytelling attempts to address this challenge by gathering “typical” stories from a variety of settings in order to create a framework for induction and generalization. Evidence narratives were designed to capture “typical” stories — evidence — in order to generate analysis and dialog about particular cases in relation to the larger phenomena. The stories are also valuable because they communicate important lessons and dynamics. They are memorable and can be retold for a variety of audiences, making them useful for practitioners, donors, and researchers alike.

Below are the Evidence Narratives that resulted from this work.

Recommended citation for these reports:
Sullivan, J., Gordon, G., Garrido, M., West, M. Vander Leest, T., & Huskins, N. (2008). Evidence Narratives: Stories of the impact of computer training. Seattle: Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School.

Collection Highlights

RegionCountryReport TitleReport
AsiaIndiaThe Value of Certification: E-skills, outcome metrics, and corporate social responsibility in IndiaDownload
AsiaIndiaYields and Market Access: ICT for farming and fishing in southern India Download
AsiaIndiaImproving Income Generation in Rural India: ICT-trained veterinarians assist small farmers with livestock productionDownload
AsiaPhilippinesHealing and Jobs: ICT training for survivors of human trafficking at the Philippine’s Visayan Forum FoundationDownload
AsiaPhilippinesProtection, Options, and Advantages ICT training to improve economic livelihoods and reduce exploitation among Filipina domestic workersDownload
AsiaSri LankaConnectivity and Food Security: Boosting yields and fighting crop failure with ICT in rural Sri LankaDownload
AsiaSri LankaCrossing the Finish Line: Telecenter jobs bank helps ICT training graduates find work in Sri LankaDownload
EuropeAustriaThe Road to Employability: Austrian pilot program brings “computer driver’s licenses” to Vienna’s most at-risk womenDownload
EuropeAustriaCaritas Austria: Evidence narrative worksheetDownload
EuropeBulgariaAfter the Mine Closes: ICT training brings new jobs and a new life to Romanian minersDownload
EuropeBulgariaRenewing a National Resource: Re-skilled Bulgarian teachers return to workDownload
EuropeCzech RepublicBreaking Barriers with ICT: Charta 77 guides Czech paraplegics back to workDownload
EuropeIrelandJoining the Celtic Tiger: ICT training leads inner-city Dubliners toward the booming Irish economyDownload
EuropeIrelandFathers and Sons: Developing new traditions of education in IrelandDownload
EuropePolandPersonal Motivation and ICT Skills Training: Jobs for people with disabilities in PolandDownload
EuropeRomaniaMeeting Industry Needs: Youth e-Skills filling labor gaps in high-growth Romanian regionsDownload
EuropeSloveniaGenerational Solidarity: Slovenian youth centers open doors to all for ICT job skills trainingDownload
EuropeTurkeyThe Spirit of Volunteerism: Re-building civil society and delivering jobs through youth networks in TurkeyDownload
North AmericaMexicoEdgar: Centro Comunitario Santa Fe evidence narrative worksheetDownload
North AmericaMexicoMaría Teresa: Centro Comunitario Santa FeDownload
North AmericaUnited StatesICT Training and the ABCs of Employability: YearUp’s jobs program for urban youthDownload
North AmericaUnited StatesMentors and Computers: Developing work and life skills in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue WashingtonDownload
North AmericaUnited States“Lifers,” Computers, and Kids: Community building and technology education in Tacoma’s Al Davies Boys and Girls ClubDownload
South AmericaColombiaCreating Opportunity at the Margins of Bogotá: ICT training at Centro de Juan Bosco ObreroDownload

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