At a fundamental level, attempts to answer many of the pressing policy questions we have about the use of ICTs in educational settings around the world -- and the impact of such use -- are complicated by the fact that we still do not have reliable, globally comparable data in this area.
The World Bank's flagship analytical effort related to ICT use in education -- SABER-ICT -- is attempting to help address some of the related data gaps, in coordination with other partners. As it is collected and validated, data from the SABER-ICT initiative will first be made available through the SABER site.
ICT Use in World Bank Education Projects
One quick way to identify World Bank projects that have components related to ICT use in education is to consult the World Bank Education Projects database maintained by EdStats, which identifies over 100 'project activities' based on a review of official Project Appraisal Documents (PADs). Please note that not all uses of ICTs in World Bank education projects can be identified through a review of PADs or using the education projects database, so you may wish to consult additional resources as well.
Using the World Bank Education Projects Database , you can Search by Activity. Project activities that relate to the use of ICTs in education may be be tagged to one or more of the following keywords:
- Data: EMIS
- Facilities: ICT equipment and computer labs
- Facilities: Laboratories and lab equipment
- Facilities: Resource centers and libraries
- ICT Strategy Development for Education Sector
- ICT use in education
- Learning Materials: E-learning materials
- STI: Internet Connectivity Systems
- Study subjects: Information and communication technologies (ICT)
Please note that the World Bank maintains a searchable comprehensive database of all Bank projects since 1947, accessible at http://www.worldbank.org/projects. Many projects outside the education sector (e.g. related to infrastructure or governance) may maintain components related to ICT/education, so searching that database may also unearth World Bank-funded activities related to ICT use in education.
In addition to its lending activities to countries, the World Bank increasingly is engaged in providing technical assistance and advisory services to countries to help them better plan, implement, monitor and evaluate their efforts to introduce and sustain technology use in education to aid a wide variety of development efforts. These advisory services draw on good practices from around the world and are informed by a variety of supporting research activities, including SABER-ICT.
ICT and education data from around the world
The World Bank participates in a global effort to identify, test and collect data related to ICT use in education. This effort, which is led by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), has identified sets of 'core' and 'supplementary' indicators. The latest results from this work are available in the Guide to Measuring Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education, available through the UIS site.
Results of survey work from around the world sponsored by different organizations are available through a separate page dedicated to international surveys of ICT use in education.