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Projects: Monitoring and Measuring Change

It is often stated that the use of ICT in education can increase the reach and quality of teaching and learning, serve as catalysts for change, and empower teachers and learners for better educational outcomes. However data to support such statements are limited and the data that exist are often unreliable.

Likewise, while it is often noted that ICT can only have educational benefits in certain situations and under certain conditions, there is insufficient empirical evidence to demonstrate how, where and when ICT can bring benefits to education, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Furthermore, projects implemented to integrate ICT into education are often initiated in the absence of internationally accepted standards, methodologies and indicators, making it difficult to subsequently monitor and assess the impact of the use of ICT in education, or to demonstrate its effectiveness to policy makers.

The lack of good quality data and absence of guidelines for collecting data makes it difficult to assess the impact of ICT on education, and therefore hinders the ability of policy makers to make detailed plans for better integration of ICT into education.

In response to this situation, the UNESCO ICT in Education programme initiated a project to develop performance indicators which can be used to monitor and assess the impact of using ICT in education.

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