People argue a lot about evaluation and ‘social impact analysis’ (see, they even argue about what it should be called). They especially love to argue about the ‘best’ way to do it. Like whether you should or shouldn’t have an external evaluator, or whether you should or shouldn’t do a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). Frankly, it can get a bit confusing – so how do you know the best way to ‘do’ an evaluation? Especially if you're working in social innovation. The answer is that there is no ‘best’ way.
Citizens Online run digital inclusion projects – Get IT Together across the UK. We help individuals, particularly older and disabled people get started with the Internet and we have some robust measures in place to understand the journey learners go on in becoming regular Internet users.
Gransnet Local, launching today, is a network of local sites that will provide grandparents with a place to share local information and events, discuss local issues and offer opportunities to meet.
Gransnet Local will offer a new way for the over-50s to connect, both online and off. The network, which has been funded by Nominet Trust, will be run by Local Editors, all aged 50+, trained by Gransnet and committed to drawing together their local communities.
We have been busy out and about filming for our e-connect project. The concept is simple, business people and other experts share their experience in short 'How to Videos' so young people interested in starting a business can access this knowledge bank. We have based the idea loosley on the TED lectures.
As part of our role as educators, it became increasingly frustrating to hear news of the same type of water related accidents happening around the UK. We felt strongly that if better information was available it would be possible to better educate young people on common pitfalls. If incident data was published soon after it occured, it would seem more real to young people. At certain times, e.g.
Good progress has been made in extending the functionality and reach of "sharedwalk" - an internet service to help support individuals keep in touch through visual communication. Of particular concerrn are the elderly alone. Their family, friends, relatives (or volunteers) can share experience through a simple visual uploading service from a smartphone app.
Since our training day last December, much has been happening on Gransnet Local. The sites are filling up rapidly with listings and we've been pleased to note that even the sites that aren't yet being managed by editors are acquiring occasional business entries.
The technical glitches are all being ironed out and the site is fully operational now and ready for business. We are ready for launch!
OurHousing will be showcasing on 18th May at the most excellent 'HousingCamp' unconference, hosted by Thames Valley Housing. If you're a landlord or simply excited by the idea of 'tenant tech' then grab your free ticket now!
We're almost halfway through the development of our Portfolio project. It's an exciting project to work on, designed on a very simple premise to encourage young people to 'show and tell' their volunteering and have their work endorsed by the charities they help, presented via a public profile that they can easily share with proespective employers and recruiters. The idea is to help volunteers to showcase the amazing experiences they gain through volunteering and have them validated so they can be used to help with career development.