iSchool research featured in national policy document

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) just released its Broadband Adoption Toolkit, a document aimed at sharing best practices developed from broadband adoption and digital literacy projects funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

The Toolkit is a guide to planning and carrying out effective adoption programs with a wide variety of audiences, including youth, low-income, and seniors. It includes chapters on planning a new program, designing outreach and communications activities, setting up training classes, and choosing engaging curriculum. It also has links to detailed examples, tools, and videos that can save time and resources for program developers.

The imprint of the iSchool’s work with community technology providers, and with local, state, and national policymakers can be found throughout this document, including an article by Research Project Manager Samantha Becker. Others who worked with BTOP grantees in Washington state include Senior Lecturer Mike Crandall and the U.S. IMPACT Study team.