100% Digital Leeds has partnered with researchers on a range of projects to achieve a better understanding of specific issues around digital inclusion and exclusion based on people’s lived experience, and measure the impact of our work.
We use the findings of these research projects to inform our approach, identify common challenges and establish best practice, and embed this knowledge within our interventions.
100% Digital Leeds is committed to making sure that our partners and networks are involved in this process and that their views are reflected in the findings, as well as working with them to coproduce approaches that work with specific audiences or in certain settings.
Current areas of research
100% Digital Leeds is supporting and helping to coproduce the following research:
A hybrid future? A mixed-methods study to explore how voluntary and community sector organisations could combine in-person and digital service delivery for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.
This research examines how voluntary and community sector organisations use technology like videoconferencing, instant messaging, and social media, as well as, or instead of, face-to-face activity to provide services to adults with learning disabilities and/or autistic people. The work is being led by the Centre for Health Promotion Research, School of Health, Leeds Beckett University with the support of the Autism and Learning Disability Digital Inclusion Network.
Theory of Change and evaluation framework for local authority-led, citywide digital inclusion programmes.
The aim of this research is to understand how two citywide programmes led by local authorities (100% Digital Leeds and #CovConnects) contribute towards addressing digital inequalities at a city-wide level and how this impact can be measured.
A common Theory of Change and evaluation framework will be developed and tested collaboratively with local and national stakeholders. The project will improve understanding of the complexity of such programmes, supporting local and national government to design, implement, and evaluate more effective local authority-led digital inclusion interventions. Learning will be shared with different policy, practice, and academic audiences via a range of tailored outputs. The work is led by the Centre for Health Promotion Research, School of Health, Leeds Beckett University.
Do community-based digital health inclusion programmes contribute to tackling health inequalities in disadvantaged groups?
This research explores how digital health inclusion programmes in disadvantaged communities are likely to work, and where they might need to be enhanced to optimise their impact.
University College London (UCL) is conducting a scoping review of the literature, and interviews, observations, and stakeholder workshops with programme providers in three geographical locations, including Leeds, in England.
UCL will develop theory for how digital health inclusion programmes bring about impacts on health and explore ways of measuring impact in future larger scale evaluations. The findings will be used to help guide decisions on implementation, evaluation and scaling up of digital health inclusion programmes nationally.