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Title:Implications from a grounded theory of community networking for creating and sustaining partnerships with society
Author(s):Masten, Kathryn
Subject(s):grounded theory
community network
Technology Opportunities Program
disadvantaged communities
Abstract:This paper presents a grounded theory of community networking based on a set of sixty-three (63) evaluations of community networking projects funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) between 1994 and 2007. The aim of this study was to help inform efforts designed to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance disadvantaged communities. The grounded theory developed was that TOP projects differed in their contribution to positive outcomes for intended disadvantaged community beneficiaries based on the extent and manner in which they involved the disadvantaged community during four grant process phases: partnership building, project execution, evaluation, and close-out. This study situates outcomes for disadvantaged communities within the context of the grant process and provides useful information to inform efforts by researchers to develop effective partnerships with society.
Issue Date:2016-03-15
Citation Info:NA
Series/Report:IConference 2016 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-08

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