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Core list of indicators

One of the key achievements of the Partnership has been the identification of a core list of indicators. This list of over 50 indicators, which was agreed upon through a consultation process involving governments and international organisations, covers basic infrastructure and access indicators as well as ICTs in households, enterprises, education an government. The list, which is revised regularly, was identified to help guide countries in measuring the information society.

On March 2007, the UN Statistical Commission endorsed the core list of indicators on information and communication technologies (ICT), which was developed by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development.

NEW  A revised and extended core list of indicators, which includes 7 new indicators on measuring e-government, was presented to the UN Statistical Commission in March 2012, at its forty-third session. The UNSC fully endorsed the new list of indicators, which presents an update to the ICT Core Indicators 2010.

What is the core list of ICT indicators?

  The core list of ICT indicators is composed of over 50 indicators in the following areas:

  • ICT infrastructure and access (10 indicators);
  • ICT access and use by households and individuals (12 indicators);
  • ICT access and use by enterprises (12 indicators);
  • ICT sector and trade in ICT goods (4 indicators);
  • ICT in education (8 indicators).
  • ICT in government (7 indicators)

The Partnership recommends the core list as a basis for ICT data collection in countries. The indicators included in the core list are clearly defined and associated with statistical standards, which allows comparability across countries. An increasing number of countries are integrating the core list of ICT indicators into their existing household and business surveys. The members of the Partnership are providing assistance in this process.

How was the core list of ICT indicators developed?
The core list of ICT indicators was the outcome of an intensive consultation process by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, which involved NSOs worldwide. The indicators are based on internationally agreed standards (especially those developed by ITU, OECD and Eurostat).

The original core list of ICT indicators was agreed at the WSIS Thematic Meeting on Measuring the Information Society (Geneva, 7-9 February 2005), which was attended by 270 delegates from 85 countries (National Statistical Offices, Telecommunication Regulatory Agencies and Ministries, and Ministries related to information society activities), intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and civil society. The core list was officially presented during an event at WSIS Tunis (November 2005).

The development of ICT indicators is a continuous process, and the list will undergo periodic review. As countries gain experience in the collection of ICT data, and as policy needs evolve, indicators may be modified, removed or added. As a result of the Partnership's 2008 Global Event on Measuring the Information Society, revisions and additions to the core list of ICT indicators were submitted for comments by all countries. This included the addition of a set of ICT in education indicators. In 2011, a list of e-government indicators were added to the core list.



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