Impact Assessment for Data Network's Rehabilitation. Case of Ecuador

Ronny Cabrera, Andrea Carrion, Roger Clotet, Monica Huerta

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Abstract

Access to the Internet is necessary to ensure equity for the right to education. However, about 75% of school-age children in rural areas of the world do not have access to the Internet at home. In the Ecuadorian context, only 5.1% of the rural population uses the Internet in public/state schools. Therefore, actions are necessary to reduce the digital gap to improve the quality of education in rural communities in Ecuador. An initiative of IEEE Ecuador, with the support of IEEE SIGHT and the Municipality of Nabón, allowed the rehabilitation of a data network in 40 schools in the Nabón community in 2020. This paper examines the impact of the project, through of the collection of quantitative and qualitative data through stakeholder surveys, to evaluate the impact of data network rehabilitation in the community during the first year of operation. The results show that the Internet in schools has improved the quality of education for students, has allowed children and young people to have access to online education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has decreased the dropout rate in the benefited schools. The Internet service in schools has also allowed families to save money and entertain themselves. The paper also reports on the evaluation of the social impact of the project, through a Social Return On Investment (SROI) analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference, IHTC 2021
EditorsMiriam Cunningham, Paul M Cunningham
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665449250
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference, IHTC 2021 - Virtual, Online, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Dec 20214 Dec 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference, IHTC 2021

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference, IHTC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/12/214/12/21

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, the Municipality of Nabón, the Motorola Foundation, the IEEE Young Professionals, and the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana for funding this project. The authors also appreciate the collaboration of the Ministry of Education of Ecuador for its collaboration during surveys.

Funding Information:
The authors thank the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, the Municipality of Nabon, the Motorola Foundation, the IEEE Young Professionals, and the Universidad Politecnica Salesiana for funding this project. The authors also appreciate the collaboration of the Ministry of Education of Ecuador for its collaboration during surveys.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 IEEE.

Keywords

  • Data network in rural areas
  • Social Return On Investment (SROI)
  • sustainable development

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