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An Instrumentation Process for Measuring ICT Policies and Culture

An Instrumentation Process for Measuring ICT Policies and Culture

The research reports on the process of developing instrumentation to measure the effects of culture and ICT government policy on the diffusion of computing (e.g., hardware, software, telecomm, applications). The instrumentation measures four constructs: (1) policies; (2) cultural-specific beliefs and values; (3) technological culturation; and (4) transfer implementation factors. The instrumentation is multi-method and includes quantitative (structured, survey like interview questions) and qualitative (open-ended interview questions) techniques. The instrumentation was developed through multiple phases of the project. The first two phases focused on policy creation and awareness of the policies by those individuals in a position to implement the policy. Phase 1 identified ICT policies in place. Phase 2 established the validity of the policies that surfaced in Phase 1 by assessing interviewees’ awareness, perception of completeness, and merit of the policies. In Phase 3 the final instrumentation was created and validated in four steps: (1) the hypotheses were stated, relevant policies were chosen, scenarios were drafted and a preliminary version of the instrumentation was sketched, (2) focus group interviews with Egyptians were conducted in which the policies and scenarios were presented and the participants’ reactions were recorded, (3) the instrumentation was piloted, both in Egypt and in the USA with Egyptians who had been in residence 6 months or less, and (4) the instrumentation was translated into Arabic. A qualitative assessment of content and construct validity was undertaken. The instrumentation proved to be acceptable and ready for use in the larger data collection stages.

paper
24 p.
eng