Interested stakeholders wishing to conduct an assessment of their national Internet environment using the Indicators, are invited to refer to this general Terms of reference.
The implementation guide, which can be viewed here, is designed to provide guidance on the conduct of national assessments of Internet environments with the Internet Universality ROAM-X Indicators.
Two options are available to conduct national assessments:
- A full assessment covering all 303 indicators
- A partial assessment covering only the core 109 indicators.
Conducting a national assessment: 8 key action steps
UNESCO strongly recommends establishing a Multistakeholder Advisory Board (MAB) before engaging in research. Ideally composed of leading experts from various stakeholder groups –government, academia, the technical community, private sector, media, civil society, individual Internet users, UN agencies, intergovernmental groups – it gathers periodically to discuss the assessment process. It should reinforce its quality, legitimacy and transparency, and trigger policy discussions on the findings.
Key Deliverable #1: Establishment of a Multistakeholder Advisory Board
- A research team should then be built, with 5 to 8 members reflecting demographic diversity and diversity of expertise, among which one team leader.
- The team should develop a project action plan, by building a common understanding of the project’s objectives, elaborating a work plan within the available budget, and agreeing upon how the group will work together as the project proceeds.
- Next comes the central phase of data gathering. The team should identify which sources will be exploited and include the data gathering process into the project plan. While data gaps are likely to arise, the Indicators framework’s aim is to gather as much evidence as possible that can help understand the Internet environment and inform policy development.
- Data analysis will then form the basis of the assessment’s findings. After assessing the evidence itself to establish its validity, data should be analyzed and structured to form the findings.
- Following the identification of findings, the report-writing phase gathers them in a document that presents an introduction to the Indicators, a summary of overall findings, individual chapters for ROAM-X categories, recommendations sorted by stakeholder groups, and details on the research process, acknowledgements and sources.
Key Deliverable #2: National assessment report
- A national validation multistakeholder workshop should be organized at the end of the assessment process to enable discussion on future action steps to be implemented by stakeholders. Such an event can also be the occasion to conduct related advocacy and awareness raising activities.
Key Deliverable #3: National validation workshop
- To monitor and assess the implementation progress and policy improvements, UNESCO, the MAB and the research team may support additional action steps, especially to formulate further recommendations.