100% Digital Leeds has developed our tried and tested cross-sector collaboration approach into a model for a community-based approach to digital inclusion.
We have formalised the stages and steps required to foster collaboration between key partners working with a particular community – a geographical community or ‘community of interest’ – bringing them together to better understand the digital inclusion needs of that community and co-design bespoke solutions to meet those needs.
Each partner uses its strengths and assets to play its part in that solution and, through partnership working, each of those parts comes together to form a whole collaborative offer. Each organisation supports the partnership in a way that is mutually beneficial, to achieve shared objectives and positive outcomes, and for the good of the community they support.
The result is increased digital inclusion for a community so that people can access the full range of available services, appropriately and as necessary, at the right time, and in the right way for them. Interventions are sustainable because they are designed around and embedded within existing systems and services.
The model for a community-based approach to digital inclusion is available to download from the Digital Inclusion Toolkit.
Developing the model
Leeds was one of nine councils awarded funding as part of the Local Government Association (LGA) Digital Pathfinders Programme, designed to support councils seeking to innovate and develop pioneering initiatives to advance digital inclusion, digital connectivity, and cyber security. 100% Digital Leeds has been funded to develop a community-based model for digital inclusion and run a series of related workshops with five councils selected by LGA.
The resulting model will be available to use by the 100% Digital Leeds team and partners as well as other councils across the UK. Over a period of six months we are brought together five councils for a series of workshops, evaluating each stage in turn to sense check the model and ensure the approach is workable outside of a Leeds context.
At each stage and step we asked partnering councils:
- How does this compare to your existing approaches?
- What seems like a good fit for you?
- What might not work for you?
- What’s missing?
The workshops gave the partnering councils the opportunity to go through the stages of the model and consider how they would adopt and implement the approach in the context of their council with the support of 100% Digital Leeds.
The model was launched with a webinar viewed by over 100 people from across the UK, many of whom lead digital inclusion for their local authority.
Progress blogs and articles
“A community-based approach to digital inclusion: Success story from UK Leeds City Council’s model” – the third webinar in Digico’s ‘Unwrapping the Digital Divide’ webinar series.