ICT Education and Training
Organization Name: Women’s Issues Information Centre
[Central and Eastern Europe - Lithuania]
Women's illiteracy and lack of opportunities for better education are not issues in Lithuania. However the level of education does not ensure better-paid jobs for Lithuanian women. The project evaluated by Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC) aims to improve the economic status of women in five rural and less dynamic areas of Lithuania via application of ICT.
The overall goal of their evaluation was to get feedback from women who attended basic training courses, and to find out if the courses had an impact on their learning as well as in their lives. The evaluation questions formulated by a four-person evaluation team addressed the following ICT and gender issues: did ICTs respond to women's current needs; were women interested in free of charge ICT training sessions; was women’s access to the Internet ensured; how did computer rooms influence the decision to use the computer and the Internet. The WIIC evaluation employed questionnaires for collection of quantitative data and focus-group interviews for finding qualitative information.
Organization Name: Asia Pacific Women's Electronic Network Training (WENT)
[Asia/Pacific - Philippines]
The Asia Pacific Women's Electronic Network Training (WENT) began as an annual regional ICT training workshop in Seoul, Korea in 1999 to train key women’s organisations in the effective use of Internet-based communication tools in exchanging and disseminating information on the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) Review Process in Asia, and to enhance their overall ability to utilise new ICTs for ongoing national development programmes. Since then, WENT has held diverse, specialized regional and national trainings in the Asia-Pacific region.
WENT conducted the GEM evaluation to inform future planning of the training programme. Their evaluation focused on how WENT satisfied the ICT needs of women and their organisations, specifically if it was able to increase the capacity of women information and communication providers in making decisions on using ICT within their organisations. One of the methodologies used in their evaluation was the review of testimonials collected from the applicants of the WENT Award. The WENT Awards were opened to all regional and national WENT graduates, and presented a novel way of gathering qualitative data. The WENT-GEM Framework was used as a guide in designing the Awards.Read more
Organization Name: ZaMirNET
[Central and Eastern Europe - Croatia]
ZaMirNET is a non-governmental organisation that uses ICT to provide and create information relevant for civil society development in Croatia. ZaMirNET evaluated its Job Search Training, which aimed to increase the career planning skills and knowledge of people living in the war-affected areas of Croatia. Because of substandard living conditions and lack of employment opportunities, many people in these areas are reduced to passivity.
ZaMirNET's evaluation aimed to monitor the impact of the course on the increase of participants‘ skills, knowledge and motivation. Special attention was given to gauging the effect of the training on participants' self-confidence. Since ZaMirNET had experienced lower responses from women over 40 in its earlier ICT trainings, the evaluation team decided to measure not only gender, but age-related differences in impact and feedback.Read more