World Bank Data Related to ICT Use in Education
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 initaitive will first be made available through the SABER-ICT site.
Eventually, all data collected under the SABER-ICT initiative will be incorporated into EdStats, the World Bank's comprehensive database of education statistics.
Currently, the best sources of data from the World Bank related to ICT use in education are:
EdStats is the World Bank's comprehensive database of education statistics. Users may search for data by country, region, income level or specific education-related indicators. The Global Country Data section offers a data query that includes indicators for number of internet users and number of personal computers per country.
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 or features' based on a review of 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.
The 'project activities or features' that relate to ICT/education include:
- Development of strategy for ICT use in education
- E-learning materials
- EMIS: Education management information systems
- ICT equipment and computer labs
- ICT use in education (use of computers in classrooms)
-Internet connectivity systems
- Information and communication technologies (ICT as a subject of study)
- Media use in education
- Open and distance learning
ICT and Education Indicators
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.
World Bank ICT Data
World Bank On-Line Data and Statistics
This database contains general ICT data searchable by country or region.
Country-Level Data on ICT and Education
The following InfoDev Publications contain useful country-level data on ICT and Education
Survey of ICT for Education in India and South Asia. 2010
Survey of ICT and Education in the Caribbean: Country Reports (Volume 2). 2009
Survey of ICT and Education in Africa (Volume 2): 53 Country Reports. 2007
Knowledge Economy Data
World Bank Knowledge Assessment Methodology (KAM)
The KAM consists of a set of 81 structural and qualitative variables relating to the development of a knowledge economy. The database includes information on 132 countries, including most of the developed OECD economies and over 90 developing countries. Useful indicators include internet access in schools, ICT expenditures as a percentage of GDP, and overall rates of technology use.
Other ICT and Education Data Initiatives
Global Networked Readiness for Education Project (2003)
This project, of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and the World Bank Institute, evaluated the impact of computers and the Internet on Learning in eleven developing countries.