November 2015 saw the launch of a new report by the Centre for Economics and Research (CEBR), commissioned by Tinder Foundation and Go ON UK, setting out the huge financial and social benefits of everyone in the UK having the digital skills they need to survive in the modern world.
The report estimates that over the ten year period between 2016 and 2025, 4.9 million of those who do not possess basic digital skills will get online without additional help, but the remaining 7.9 million (15% of the adult population) will need support – at an estimated cost of between £45 and £334 per person. It then goes on to set out – and cost out – the main benefits to individuals and to the Government of equipping 100% of the population with digital skills by 2025.
Between April and June 2015, Tinder Foundation carried out a research project, run in partnership with Family Fund, Carers UK and Carers Trust. The research looked at how caring roles affect individuals’ health and wellbeing, and how digital skills and community support could provide value to carers’ lives.
Working in partnership with other organisations allowed us to hear from a greater number of carers, to form a complete picture of the current situation and determine what could be done to improve carers’ wellbeing.
With 13 centres in our Specialist Carers Network and approximately 39% of our wider network also supporting carers, this was a vital piece of research to benefit UK online centres and others working in this area.
We found that:
As a result of the report, Tinder Foundation made 6 recommendations on how digital technology and local support can better support carers.
Robust facts and figures are essential to helping us tackle digital and social exclusion, because they help us to highlight the full scale of the problem. In 2013 we put together an infographic highlighting the state of the UK digital nation. Since then we’ve collated the most relevant statistics annually and have updated our infographic to give a clear overview of the online and offline population – and critically how we can close the digital gap.
In November 2015 Helen launched our latest infographic at our annual Digital Evolution conference in London where it was very well-received. Centres and stakeholders have reported that they find it a useful overview of the digital inclusion ‘state of the nation’.
Research is an especially important part of the work we do. It helps us to better understand the people we support and demonstrate the impact of our work.
In order to share the knowledge and best practice that comes out of the research we do, we’ve developed a set of handbooks designed in-house, focussing on specialist subject areas, such as health, rurality and ESOL, to provide relevant stats, resources and practical advice, to help those in our network and beyond tackle challenges and the barriers to digital and social inclusion.