Proportion of youth and adults with information and communications technology (ICT) skills, by type of skill

Definition

SDG Indicator 4.4.1: The proportion of youth and adults with information and communications technology (ICT) skills, by type of skill as defined as the percentage of individuals that have undertaken certain -ICT-related activities in the last 3 months.

Data source

The data compiler for this indicator is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Eurostat collects data annually for 32 European countries, while the ITU is responsible for setting up the standards and collecting this information from the remaining countries.

Source definition

UNESCO Institute for Statistics http://tcg.uis.unesco.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/08/Metadata-4....

Calculation method

The indicator is calculated as the percentage of people in a given population who have responded ‘yes’ to a selected number of variables e.g. the use of ICT skills in various subject areas or learning domains, the use of ICT skills inside or outside of school and/or workplace, the minimum amount of time spent using ICT skills inside and outside of school and/or workplace, availability of internet access inside or outside of school and/or workplace, etc. in the past 3 months, regardless of where that activity took place.

Data required

Self-reported information on the use of ICT skills in household surveys.

Interpretation

Indicator aims to measure the use of ICT and its impact, which helps to measure and track the level of proficiency of users. A high value indicates that a large share of the reference population has the ICT skills measured

Limitations

One of the main challenges of measurement for this indicator is that it is based only on the information people self-report. They provide information on the types of activities they have undertaken but not on their proficiency level. While self-reporting offers a cost efficient approach to data collection, it is important to consider that the results can vary between groups from different cultural and personal backgrounds. Women, for example, tend to under-report their abilities in using computers and the Internet, while men tend to overstate them.

Purpose

The lack of information and communication technologies (ICT) skills continues to be one of the key barriers keeping people from fully benefitting from the potential of ICT. These data may be used to inform targeted policies to improve ICT skills, and thus contribute to an inclusive information society.

Quality standards

ITU is responsible for setting up the standards and is the data compiler for this indicator.

Types of disaggregation

By age, sex and type of skills.