TeleCommons Development Group (TDG)
and the Kuh-Ke-Nah Smart Community Project
The TeleCommons Development Group (TDG) is supporting KNet in the implementation of the SMART project by facilitating community engagement workshops and developing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation methodology. This report addresses both of these activities. The following summary describes how these two components belong together. The monitoring and evaluation methodology includes three levels of analysis:
The central theme in this effort is to document how ICTs hep communities achieve their own goals.
Helen Aitkin, Galin Kora and Ricardo Ramirez of TDG traveled with Les Meekis of K-Net Services to Red Lake, Keewaywin, Deer Lake and North Spirit Lake, between November 18 and December 7th. Several other K-Net and KO representantives joined the trips. The purpose of the trips was:
1. To share information with the communities on the progress with the SMART project (KNet) and the monitoring and evaluation effort (TDG).
2. To feedback the results of the 2000 and 2001 household and business surveys in each community, hear reactions and comments, and gather ideas about further data to analyze.
3. To facilitate community engagement workshops on Health, Education, Local Government and Economic Development and learn about communities' dreams and expectations of improved services.
4. To ask communities about what to measure to verify how services have improved.
5. To provide the E-Centre managers with tools assess people's training needs and track how their knowledge and skills improve using the technology.
6. To explore how to use audio-visual technology to make the SMART process known among the communities and elsewhere
7. To discuss with Knet /KO about further activities that need to be planned in the evaluation dimension of SMART (re Schedule A).