Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors

The MIREIA (Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors) study aims to better understand the role of e-Inclusion intermediary actors and to create adequate instruments to facilitate the demonstration of their outcomes and their contribution to the achievement of European e- Inclusion policy goals.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play an essential role in supporting daily life in today’s digital society. The EU policy on e-Inclusion aims at reducing gaps in ICT usage and promoting the use of ICT to overcome exclusion, and improve economic performance, employment opportunities, quality of life, social participation and cohesion.

The MIREIA research aims to address two key gaps identified at policy and research level:
a) the need to characterize the diverse set of actors involved in implementing eInclusion policies;
b) the lack of common methodologies and practice in measuring the impact of ICT for socio-economic inclusion.

The MIREIA research will carry out the following activities:

  1. State of play Analysis – Review of Literature and practice on measuring ICT for socio-economic inclusion.
  2. Selected Locality Mapping – to provide a detailed picture of eInclusion local landscapes in selected localities
  3. Conceptualization and design of the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  4. Survey design and testing of the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  5. Development of an implementation methodology for applying the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  6. Stakeholders‘ Engagement, communication and dissemination

Dates
Start date: 1st January 2012
Preparatory studies: January – May 2012
1st Experts Workshop: 3-4 May 2012 (JRC-IPTS, Seville)
Stakeholders’ Consultation Workshops – 6th September 2012
2nd Experts’ Workshops: June 2013
Final Stakeholders’ Consultation Event: October 2013
End date: 31st December 2013

MIREIA website