Citizens Online launches research into Digital Exclusion in population screening programmes

We’re really excited to launch our research report into digital exclusion in population screening programmes in England. We were asked by Public Health England to undertake an in depth assessment of changes to the way the service is likely to communicate in future. PHE have plans to move away from printed information leaflets and increasingly directing the public towards information online: web pages, downloadable PDFs, animations and videos. Continue Reading Citizens Online launches research into Digital Exclusion in population screening programmes

We all need to be asking people about their digital skills

The recent Coronavirus crisis has taken us all by surprise. When you were making plans for 2020 I’ll bet they didn’t include being at home for 23hrs a day, queuing 2m apart to get into a supermarket, or home schooling your kids. The virus has highlighted how important digital technology is in helping most of… Continue Reading We all need to be asking people about their digital skills

MPs COVID-19 INQUIRY ASKS IF DIGITAL DIVIDES ARE INCREASING ISOLATION

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration will hold two virtual evidence hearings on Zoom next week, as part of its ongoing inquiry into efforts to reach isolated groups during the COVID-19 crisis. An initial session on Tuesday 14 April will look specifically at how digital divides are impacting on groups and individuals. Continue Reading MPs COVID-19 INQUIRY ASKS IF DIGITAL DIVIDES ARE INCREASING ISOLATION

Citizens Online Calls for Free Internet For All during Covid-19

People of all ages may experience digital inequality, but older people are more likely to be in this group. They are also at higher risk of being affected by the Coronavirus and being additionally socially isolated. This means they are more likely to be cut off from essential support without skills, confidence and access to online help. We are concerned about the possible implications and are determined to put our knowledge and experience to good use. Continue Reading Citizens Online Calls for Free Internet For All during Covid-19

Estimating our digital inclusion impact: Al-Khwarizmi style

Each year, in April, we ask all the DCs working with our projects to complete a simple form during one particular week, noting down the number of people they have helped and what kinds of activity or skill they helped with. This process captures extra detail that is not usually collected by the DCs. Continue Reading Estimating our digital inclusion impact: Al-Khwarizmi style

The Ben Stokes approach to digital inclusion

Of course numbers are useful. We use them to measure the scale of an issue like digital exclusion, and to evidence the impact we make. But relying solely on the numbers can be very misleading.
When looking for value and success in a digital inclusion project, we believe it’s much more than a numbers game. Continue Reading The Ben Stokes approach to digital inclusion