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Measuring measurements?

When we read publication on ICT for Development, we are often presented with a ranking, an index, a single number something like “network readiness” (World Economic Forum, 2012). What does that mean? How many numbers were kneaded to distill a three digit value for “network readiness”? It is simple enough to address the surface concerns by glancing over the “Methodology” section, but the exact conditions under which the data was collected strongly impact the results (with implications in the fields of psychology and sociology, among others). These specifics of the data collection process are not always easily available to seekers.

In “Measuring ICT: the global status of ICT indicators” a publication from the UN ICT Task Force, a multitude of sources including national questionnaires and resident service records are used to compile profiles of ICT access and indicators around the world. But how comparable is this data, from so many independent organizations with varying collect procedures? Consistency in indicators, methods, and sampling is obviously crucial in legitimizing the data collected. The publication makes no effort to hide gaps in the data, but  evaluating World Bank statistics and customer records from region telecommunications company requires a highly standardized process. 

The International Monetary Fund’s Data Quality Assessment Framework (DQAF) for National Accounts Statistics was developed to “provide a flexible structure for the qualitative assessment of the national account statistics” (DQAF). Under this framework, the quality of statistics are graded according to specific prerequisites. Essentially, there are indicators for indicators. The organization lists “assurances of integrity, methodological soundness, accuracy and reliability, serviceability and accessibility” as dimensions of quality data and provides specific indicators for how other indicators should be collected.

Given the feasibility of conducting a multi-lateral study with sufficient detail for analysis, the current process of data amalgamation seems to be the best option. However, if we expect to gain an understand of ICT accessibility abroad, we must be vigilant in checking data sources and take into account possible (and probable) data inconsistencies. Fortunately, there are organizations dedicated to doing this tedious work.


Guinea National ICT Resources

National ICT Plan: 

Plan de Développement de l’Infrastructure Nationale d’Information et de Communication de la République de Guinée 2001-2004

Created By: Ministry of Finance

Date Updated: March 2002

Language: French

Outside Resources: 

ICT for Education in Guinea– Useful for establishing the prospective usage and challenges of ICTs in eductation

Created By: The World Bank

Author: Osei Tutu Agyeman

Updated: June 2007

Language: English

Freedom House Rating– Ranks the access to deomocracy and fundamental rights in countries around the world.

Created By: Freedom House

Language: English

African Internet Facebook Usage– Used to see the percentages of Facebook usage in Guinea.

Language: English

Updated: June 30, 2012

Guinea Profile– Used to gather background information and have a clearer understanding of Guinea as a whole. 

Created By: BBC News Africa

Language: English

MultiSectoral AIDS Project (MAP)-An AIDS development project implemented throughout Africa, including Guinea. Not Directly Related to ICT4D!

Created By: The World Bank

Updated: 2011

Language: English

AIDS/HIV Statistics in Guinea

Created By: University of California, San Fransisco

Updated: 2012

US AID in Guinea-Provides information about USAIDs work in Guinea in a number of fields (ex. democracy, economics, agriculture, etc. )

Created By: U.S. Agency for International Development

World Health Organization information on Environmental Policy in Guinea- comprehensive information linked here.

Gender Development Index for Guinea by the United Nations Development Programme-comprehensive information linked here.

Overall, researching Guinea was interesting, but at the same time extremely challenging.  A lack of infrastructure in the country has not led to many development projects being implemented there for ICTD.  Therefore, there is not a lot of research into this field to be done in terms of growth or development, as their development has been lagging drastically behind.  Also, since the government in Guinea is not very stable, it was not always easy to find up-to-date resources, and a lot of the reasearch needed to be inferred.