Assessing ICT4D Project Design: A Programme Theory Assessment of the Siyakhula Living Lab
The evaluation of rural ICT for development projects is crucial to understanding the impact of such projects in developing countries. A comprehensive evaluation framework called the Rural ICT Comprehensive Evaluation Framework (RICT-CEF) was developed to capture the relevant impact and effectiveness throughout the life of ICT4D projects in marginalised communities. This report presents the evaluation results of one of the seven evaluation domains of the RICT-CEF; Programme Theory Assessment. A Programme Theory Assessment aims to evaluate whether the conception or logical design of the ICT4D initiative is actually designed to support development programmes or address the needs and priorities of the targeted community. A Programme Theory Assessment was conducted for the Siyakhula Living Lab, an ICT4D project in South Africa. Programme theory was elicited and understood in terms of three interrelated components which include the living lab’s organisational plan, service utilisation plan, and the impact theory. These components were assessed based on criteria from the ‘access to education and knowledge’ need identified in a previous needs assessment, research/project practice, and observation. This report discusses each programme theory component of the Siyakhula Living Lab, and presents the assessment results in terms of the suitability, shortcomings, and recommendations to adjust the existing programme theory. A description of the contribution of the programme theory assessment for subsequent or future evaluations of the Siyakhula Living concludes the report.
Citation : Pade-Khene, C. (2012). Assessing ICT4D Project Design: A Programme Theory Assessment of the Siyakhula Living Lab. Steyn J, Kirlidog M. (eds). 2012. Alleviating Digital Poverty with ICT innovation in emerging economies. Will ICT Rights make a difference? IDIA2012 Conference Proceedings Beykent University, Istanbul, Turkey.
ISBN : 9789756319178
Research Institute : Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)
Peer Reviewed : Yes