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ITU Training Course on Measuring Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Access and Use by Households and Individuals
1. Objective of the course

The Training Course on Measuring ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals aims at improving the capacity of official data producers in developing countries to produce internationally comparable statistics on ICT access and use by households and individuals, by:

  • Discussing the concepts related to measuring the information society, the variables and indicators to be compiled, including an internationally agreed core list of ICT indicators in households and individuals, the classifications to be used and the design of statistical operations to survey the access and use of ICTs.
  • Offering a methodological framework for carrying out ICT statistical work throughout the different phases of survey planning and design, data collection, data processing and dissemination.
  • Providing data producers with background information on the measurement of ICT in these areas, including the link between indicators and ICT policymaking and related international initiatives.
  • Reviewing institutional aspects of the statistical process related to the production of ICT statistics, such as co-operation between data providers and users, and co-ordination among data producers.


2. Participation

The Training Course is designed for the staff of National Statistics Offices and other national institutions in-charge of the production of official statistics on the information society. Given its technical nature, participants should have a background in statistics or economics. Although training materials are available in all six official languages of ITU, the face-to-face training course is currently delivered only in English, French and Spanish. Therefore, a good level of any of these languages is also required.

Trainers interested in delivering the training course in Russian, Arabic or Chinese should contact ITU at Knowledge of English or French is necessary to receive training for trainers.


3. Structure of the course

The Training Course consists of five modules:

  • Module H-1: Introduction to household ICT statistics; survey planning and preparatory work
  • Module H-2: Statistical standards and topics; data sources and collection techniques
  • Module H-3: Questionnaire design; household survey design
  • Module H-4: Data processing; data quality and evaluation
  • Module H-5: Data dissemination

The modules feature practical exercises (individual or in groups). At the end of each module, participants are asked to complete a test to review the knowledge acquired and a short evaluation sheet. The course is expected to trigger discussions and opportunities for interactions among participants, who are expected to contribute actively.


4. Duration

The Training Course is delivered within five days. Each module mentioned above corresponds to one day.

This training course can be also delivered back-to-back with the Training Course on the production of ICT statistics on Businesses and on the ICT sector delivered by UNCTAD with a total duration of two weeks, one week per training course.


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