It was apparent to the GSO team that there was still reporting and program assessment work to be done after Northern Illinois University submitted its Final Evaluation Report in August 2012.
We didn’t have the breakdown of the results of the program by building. We didn’t know how many residents actually signed up for temporary “free broadband” during the period in the demonstration when it was available. We didn’t know how many residents signed up for “paid broadband” at the end of the program or from whom, and at what price.
We wanted to know how the Collaborators planned to use their computer learning centers and building broadband networks after BTOP funding was over and we wanted to know more about seniors’ use of the Internet after the training.
Finally, we felt it was important to consider ways in which the program could have been more effective.