Please join us for an interactive Change Seminar next Tuesday (Feb 26) at
noon in CSE 203 for a talk by Moonjung Yim from the University of
Washington's Information School.

Who: Moonjung Yim (Information School, University of Washington)

What: ICTD evaluation: Exploring its foci and current gaps

When: Tuesday, Feb 26, 12-1pm

Where: CSE 203 (Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering

Abstract: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have received
much attention among the academics and practitioners as a possible catalyst
in advancing people’s lives in the Global South, as they potentially allow
information and knowledge sharing in varying forms with enhanced speed and
high volume of content. However, the effectiveness of ICTD projects has
been deeply questionable. As a response, researchers have been closely
engaged in assessing how ICTs have been utilized, along with suggestions of
a range of evaluation frameworks which apply theories, models, methods, and
perspectives from various disciplines. However, ICTD evaluation is yet to
be seen as a field with firm conceptual underpinnings. This study is
motivated by the need to explore and identify characteristics of ICTD
evaluation, in order to enhance its standing as a field of its own, which
researchers can reasonably refer to and be aware of its expected criteria
in a broad sense. The work seeks to address the above problem by examining
what the foci of ICTD evaluation have been in the recent years and
analyzing ICTD evaluation’s associations with other closely related areas,
to explore where the gaps lie in ICTD evaluation and discuss how they can
be possibly resolved.

About the presenter: Moonjung Yim is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the
University of Washington Information School. Her research interest is on
ICTD evaluation. She participated in research projects exploring the
following: constructing an evaluation toolkit to assess intangible outcomes
of ICTD projects based on Capability Approach (“Community Wellness
Outcomes” toolkit); examining mobile phone uses and capability enhancement
in the Global South; and understanding the implications of ICTD projects in
individual and community development through the analytical lens of IT
identity and social capital. Currently she works with UW Technology &
Social Change Group (TASCHA) as a research assistant.

About the session format: The presented preliminary findings are part of
the presenter’s dissertation research. The session will begin with a brief
explanation about the study and ask for attendees’ consent to
participate (*please
see below***). Preliminary findings will be presented, followed by some
time for participants to fill in a short feedback response sheet. We plan
to have some time for discussion to share thoughts on the findings and Q&A.

***The seminar session is planned to be voice recorded and written feedback
response sheets will be collected from each participant (names won’t be
collected). These will be incorporated as part of the study findings. *

Samia Ibtasam <>
Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington
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