Surveys on access to and use of ICT in Oman


Two years after having successfully supported the Information Technology Authority (ITA) of the Sultanate of Oman in analyzing the data of the 2011 Survey on ICT usage in the business sector, DevStat has been contracted to support the implementation of the 2013 Survey on access to and use of ICT by households and individuals.
The services provided, ranging from preparing sample design and survey questionnaire to conducting the data analysis and ensuring the harmonization of the data with international standards, covered all stages of the survey. About 200 surveyors were mobilized through a local company and about 11.000 households visited, interviewing more than 80.000 individuals.
DevStat supports decision-makers in assessing and improving the penetration of ICT through evidence-based policies. Besides Oman, DevStat’s director has trained on ICT statistics experts from other Arab, Latin-American, African, Asia-Pacific and Caribbean countries, being the author and reviser of the UNCTAD and ITU manuals on the subject (links below).

ITU, Manual for Measuring ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals:

UNCTAD Manual for the Production of Statistics on the Information Economy:

In the photo above, the training of surveyors in ITA headquarters, Muscat, Oman