Document (#12330)

Author
Menou, M.J.
Title
¬The impact of information : 1. Toward a research agenda for its definition and measurement
Source
Information processing and management. 31(1995) no.4, S.455-477
Year
1995
Abstract
At a time when competition for scarce resources is tougher than ever, policy makers, decision makers, and information specialists alike, can no longer be satisfied with general assumptions which describe the role of information in the achievement of individual, organizational and societal goals as being 'a critical resource'. An international project called 'Impact of the information on development' is carried out by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada) with a view to test suitable apporaches for the assessment of the benefits derived from all types of information activities in the devloping countries. This effort aims at assembling more solid evidence of the benefits associated with information. Presents the rationale for the project and its progress to date. Discusses the main features of the suggested problem and its progress to date. Discusses the main features of the suggested problem and constituency centred approach to impact assessment. Future developments,in the project call for the establishment of a decentralized research network. While the IDRC project has to be focused exclusively on developing countries, the issues raised are infact of universal significance. On the basis of the outcome of the project so far, attempts at presenting a review, from a personal perspective, of the many research questions related to the concepts of information and development, the impact of information and the methodological and practical constraints in its assessment
Theme
Information

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