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Wales Co-operative Centre commissions research on continuing impact of Digital Exclusion

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The Wales Co-operative Centre has this week commissioned new research on the need for future Digital Inclusion interventions in Wales.

The Centre is currently the lead partner in the Welsh Government’s flagship Communities 2.0 project, which aims to help individuals and organisations in Wales get the best out of being online.  The project closes in 2015.

It is obvious that despite the overwhelming success of Communities 2.0, in 2015 there will still remain a large number of people in Wales, perhaps half a million, who are “off line”.  And the impact on those individuals of being digitally excluded will be greater.  Public service delivery increasingly assumes people will be online: the full  impact of Universal Credit will start to bite just as Communities 2.0 is being wound up.  Furthermore, people increasingly need digital skills to apply for and get jobs.  Tools designed to help people save money and manage their finances now tend to be digital.

In response, the Wales Co-operative Centre is commissioning independent research to prepare evidence to guide the future direction of digital inclusion and digital skills activities in Wales.  We want to know about the effectiveness of what has already been done, the extent of the remaining problem and its impact on people’s lives, and the trends which might influence the need for further interventions.

The Request For Quotation is currently on Sell2Wales:

http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=OCT011022&catID

Written by Dave Brown

October 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

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