Beyond Access Surveys – Questionnaires, Methodology, and Timeframe

In fulfilling its mission to create an evidence base for ICT policy making across Africa, Research ICT Africa is conducting informal sector, household and individual surveys in seven African countries. RIA has been developing and gathering universal indicators on ICT access and use for over a decade; providing some of the only non-proprietorial data on users and non-users in Africa. 

With the generous support of the Canadian International Development Research Centre IDRC (IDRC) the survey this year goes “Beyond Access” to collect data on social networking, cybersecurity awareness and practices, digital finance, microwork and others aspects of sharing economy. As the surveys are nationally representative the data can be disaggregated on the basis of gender, location (urban and rural), income and education levels. RIA is focusing on three themes this round gender as always, youth and urban poor.

We have been in the field since April 2017. Surveys are now completed in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. and underway in Mozambique, Ghana and Nigeria.

The timeframe for the roll-out of the survey is the following:

1) Rwanda: Survey completed
2) Tanzania:  Survey completed
3) South Africa: Survey  completed
4) Mozambique: 80% close to completion
5) Kenya: Survey completed
6) Nigeria:  Excepted to be completed by 29 September
7) Ghana:  Excepted to be completed by 29 September.

The 2017 questionnaires for the Beyond Access Household, Individual and Business survey are now available.
To access the survey questionnaire you are interested in, simply select between the two options below.

Household and Individual Survey

Business Survey

The methodology used for the Beyond Access surveys delivers nationally representative indicators for households, individuals, and informal businesses. Using Enumerator Areas (EA) of National census sample frames as primary sampling units and sampling households and businesses from created listings simultaneously allows to survey two different users groups during a single survey at a minimal cost.

Please use to link below for an updated presentation on the Survey Methodology:

Survey Methodology

The surveys are part of a global initiative on producing much needed quality data on ICT access and use in the global South. RIA will co-ordinate the surveys with our sister networks LIRNEasia in 6 Asian countries (India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Cambodia) and DIRSI in five Latin American (Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay). The methodology for the first time will also be synchronised so that indicators for the global South can be developed and the data used for comparative analysis across the three regions.

For further information on the Beyond Access Surveys, please contact admin@researchictafrica.net or communications@researchictafrica.net

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