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UK Govt's Digital Inclusion Strategy Last December, we published action 15 of the Government Digital Strategy to show the government’s commitment to digital inclusion. Today, as the Director responsible for this area of work, I wanted to mark the launch of the Digital Inclusion Strategy as part of that commitment to reduce the number of people and organisations offline. We’ve also brought together 40 organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to sign up to a new UK Digital Inclusion Charter. Partners like AgeUK, Asda, EE and the Society of Chief Librarians will work together in new ways to tackle digital exclusion by creating actions that can be scaled up nationally. This is a really exciting time for us because it’s the first time the government will be bringing together such a wide number of partners to tackle digital exclusion. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. How we developed the strategy Measuring success

Participle - The Circle Movement Circle is a membership organisation open to anyone over the age of 50, living within the geographic area of a local Circle. Its mission is to build and support the capabilities of its members to lead independent and flourishing lives. Participle developed Circle in 2007 in partnership with 250 older people and their families who told us they wanted 3 things: support with life’s practical tasks to stay sorted; to be socially connected around shared interests and values (not age) and the opportunity to live life with a purpose and contribute to their local community. Today Circle is run independently and offers social and practical support to all of its members. To date 7 Circles have been started in England and over 5,000 people across the country have joined. Open to all, regardless of levels of need or income, Circle has provided a model of how future services might look in Britain. What people have to say about Circle “I had not been out for a meal with other people for over 20 years.

DCMS Digital Inclusion Outcomes Framework The Digital Inclusion Outcomes Framework is a single, flexible template for benchmarking and tracking digital inclusion in the UK, and evaluating digital inclusion activities locally. It aims to evidence the wider economic, health and social benefits of digital inclusion. It was developed by the Government Digital Service (GDS) Digital Inclusion Research Working Group, which brings together representatives from academia, government, private sector organisations and charities. Evaluation toolkit An evaluation toolkit has been designed to help you to use the Digital Inclusion Outcomes Framework in your project evaluations. The toolkit includes a guide, accompanied by a set of resources that are designed to save you time and effort. Download the Digital Inclusion Outcomes Framework: Summary and overview - PDF 1.Evaluate-IT Guide - PDF This is a step-by-step guide to demonstrating the social impact of your digital inclusion project/activities. 2.Outcomes and Data Collection Resource - PDF

Introducing the new digital inclusion team We’re setting up a new team to work in government and beyond to increase the digital skills of the UK. Today the Department for Business Innovation and Skills released the Information Economy Industrial Strategy (IEIS) to boost growth opportunities for digital industries. It includes something I’ve been working on with departments for a few months – setting up a new cross-government team that will be based in GDS to co-ordinate work on digital skills for citizens and businesses. The work of the team will be developed collaboratively with colleagues across government, but I’m writing this post to tell you more about why we’re putting it together and what it will do. Why are we doing this? The Government Digital Strategy sets out how central government is going to transform its services to become digital by default. Government already makes a substantial contribution to this, not least – as the IEIS sets out – working with Martha Lane Fox’s Go ON UK and funding UK Online Centres.

International Longevity Centre - UK Jisc Developing Digital Literacies programme 'By digital literacy we mean those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society. For example, the use of digital tools to undertake academic research, writing and critical thinking; digital professionalism; the use of specialist digital tools and data sets; communicating ideas effectively in a range of media; producing, sharing and critically evaluating information; collaborating in virtual networks; using digital technologies to support reflection and PDP; managing digital reputation and showcasing achievements.' Developing Digital Literacies was a two-year Jisc-funded programme (2011-2013) to promote the development of coherent, inclusive approaches to digital capability across institutions of further and higher education. This 'home' page provides access to the activities and outcomes of the programme. Themes - key themes which emerged from the programme Resources - resources from the programme grouped by type and purpose/user group

Go ON UK | Basic Digital Skills Definition In the UK, 1 in 5 adults lack the following Basic Digital Skills. Want to know why? Take a look at what the common barriers to digital exclusion are. The Basic Digital Skills definition has been adopted to focus partner support and celebrate success. These ‘Basic Digital Skills’ are used as a basic standard of literacy for all Go ON UK partners. To learn more about why, read our rationale behind the change. You are welcome to use our Basic Digital Skills definition and can download a static version of the table as a PDF or image (JPEG).

Older people and their use of the internet If we start from a general assumption that the internet has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on society, and that access to the internet is regarded as a utility – or in some circles, a basic human right – in the same way as access to clean water and a reliable supply of power – then we should assume that this positive impact is one that should be shared across society. This is particularly so for those groups at the greatest risk of social exclusion and financial hardship. One of the great paradoxes of the emergence of the internet as a change for social good is that it can also easily lead to increased social exclusion. This report has been written to complement the State of the Art Literature Review on Older People and the Internet, commissioned by Nominet Trust and published in October 2011.

H of Lords report on digital skills Recommendations The report, entitled "Make or Break: The UK's Digital Future", urges the incoming Government to seize the opportunity to secure the UK’s place as a global digital leader by, among other things: making digital literacy a core subject at school, alongside English and Maths; viewing the internet as important as a utility, accessible to all; andputting a single ‘Digital Agenda’ at the heart of Government. The report also noted that there are certain sectors of society, and UK regions, falling behind at great cost to the economy; and that industry has a vital role to play in developing the right skills in the workplace, in further and higher education, and in schools. The report also found that there is a distinct lack of Government coordination on digital initiatives – the current digital 'activity' within Government includes four Government Ministers, a Taskforce, a Committee, and a Unit. Committee Chairman Call for action The economy -millions of jobs are at risk of automation.

UK Digital Skills Taskforce Care4Care Digital and Information Literacy Framework What is digital literacy and how is it different from information literacy? Digital literacy includes the ability to find and use information (otherwise known as information literacy) but goes beyond this to encompass communication, collaboration and teamwork, social awareness in the digital environment, understanding of e-safety and creation of new information. Both digital and information literacy are underpinned by critical thinking and evaluation. What does the DIL framework cover and how is it structured? For the purposes of the DIL framework, digital literacy refers to the skills, competences, and dispositions of OU students using digital technologies to achieve personal, study, and work-related goals. This website allows you to view the Framework in different ways. View all allows you to view the entire Framework. The Framework is divided into five competence areas, which can be viewed individually: What is the DIL Framework for and who is it aimed at? Reflecting on skills Contact us

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