The Carnegie UK Trust, an organisation seeking to improve people’s lives and wellbeing, has today published a report that explores how those who are not yet online can be helped to join those who are.
Making Digital Real: Case Studies of How to Help the Final Fifth Get Online outlines seven “Digital Participation Tests” that can be used to assess how best to encourage more people to use the Internet by public services and community organisations.
The reasoning behind this is that the Trust says there are reported significant economic and social benefits that being connected can offer.
“We know that access to the Internet can help transform people’s lives; it can help people to access public services more easily, achieve higher levels of educational attainment and improve employment prospects,” claimed head of policy at the Trust, Douglas White.
“In turn [this] can help provide a boost to local economies. Despite this, a fifth of the UK population remain offline,” he added.
White refers to the new guide as an easy-to-follow reference guide for interested parties to consider when undertaking activities to boost digital inclusion in their region. He says it is “essential” that no one is left behind technological advances.
The report consists of six case studies of local projects experiences success in bringing the final fifth of people leftover onto the Internet. These programmes took please in Liverpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Sunderland, Wiltshire and Fife.
The digital inclusion projects in these areas are innovative and demonstrate the wide range of different approaches, according to the Carnegie UK Trust.