STMicroelectronics Foundation presented the final results of the impact analysis of the DU Program

STMicroelectronics Foundation presented on June 26, 2018 at ALTIS in Milan the final results of its impact analysis of the Digital Unify Program (DUP).

The workshop organized at the Catholic University of Milan was the final step of a long journey that began at the end of 2016. The Foundation and ALTIS worked together throughout 2017 to implement a challenging impact measurement project. It was realized in three crucial countries out of 16 (Burundi, India and Morocco), and it was designed to understand the mid-term effects or changes (i.e. the outcomes) produced by the DU Program involving the program’s key actors:  participants, their families, trainers, and ST Foundation local partners.

In fact, after 14 years of experiences in different countries, ST Foundation has chosen to interpret its projects in a different way looking at its DU Program from a different perspective, fining not simply the outputs produced, but the real change the Digital Unify Program has brought in the three selected countries.

The results of the project are outstanding for each category of stakeholder involved:

  • Students: the 6 dimensions of change that were monitored increased significantly over time. Students have improved ICT and general competences, effectiveness in the use of the tool, motivation, moreover they have modified the way in which they use PCs starting writing resumes and looking for jobs. 97% of the interviewed participants would suggest the course to friend and relatives;
  • Families: 91% of the of the participants said that they taught to family and friends what they learnt;
  • Trainers: most of them reported that they learned new ICT and teaching skills and gained positive attitudes on technology and teaching. Precisely, trainers felt that they had improved their “ability to organize the content of lessons” (+ 16.9%), and they also showed a positive attitude towards assisting students in working together in groups (+ 15%);
  • Partners: they have stressed the ST Foundation’s positive role in transferring knowledge to local staff such as trainers and administrative people. Specifically, partners reported they have “improved their organizational skills in managing the training of trainers course” and “developed organizational skills regarding the reception and management of groups of people of different categories who participated in the courses.” Moreover, trainers gained useful competencies that can be shared with the community and help foster development in the local area: “thanks to this course, they can send their trained staff where it’s necessary to train other people in the whole region.”

The next step of this new approach to projects evaluation will be the implementation of an ad hoc tool kit in the ST Foundation reporting system to go on monitoring the impact of the DU Program not only in 3 countries, but in all intervention areas.

“The impact assessment project is just the beginning. It has given us a different perspective on the work we do every day and on what we want to do in the future. This evaluation was a great test. We have seen that this approach works very well and now we will start using it on all the other countries. It was a challenging initiative but through it we will be able to better improve our activities

Giovanna Bottani – Operations Senior Consultant of the ST Foundation