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Published May 19, 2020 | Version 1.0
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The Programming Historian: developing and sustaining impact in the Global South


This report was commissioned to create an impact pathway for the Programming Historian to develop and sustain engagement in the Global South. It came about in response to a surge in readers from Central and South America following the launch of the Programming Historian en español in 2017, the establishment of Programming Historian en français as a means of reaching communities in francophone Africa, and data suggesting user communities in cities associated with the Indian information technology sector.

Research for the report was undertaken by Penny Andrews between February and April 2020, supervised by James Baker. Research activities included meetings with members of the Programming Historian team, analysis of the 2018 Programming Historian user survey, and conversations with impact and community managers in comparable third-sector organisations.

The finished report was written by Penny Andrews on the behalf of the Programming Historian Project Team. The compressed nature of the research means that the report is one-time snapshot of project activities. As such, many activities undertaken by the Programming Historian Project Team are not covered by the present report.

The report was generously funded by the University of Sussex’s ESRC Impact Accelerator Account Fast Track Engagement Scheme.



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