DAIN: Digital Activist Inclusion Network (DAIN)

The Digital Activist Inclusion Network (DAIN) is a volunteer project working across the English East Midlands. DAIN aims to promote digital inclusion by encouraging people to use technology with the help of volunteers (digital activists).

Policy Context

DAIN is an Innovation Transnational and Mainstreaming European Social Fund (ESF) project established to develop, test and deliver approaches to challenge the digital divide and help widen participation in employment and learning.

Description of target users and groups

  • Unemployed people
  • Older people
  • Other digitally excluded people

Description of the way to implement the initiative

The project will recruit and train at least 100 Digital Activists (volunteers).

Study trips to transnational partner organisations are made.

A diverse suite of tools will be developed to support digital engagement with the communities of place, interest and identity that are targeted within the project.

The team of Digital Activists will be supported to engage over 3000 digitally excluded individuals in activities to promote einclusion and create a DAIN community learning environment and virtual conferences.

Technology solution

Technology choice: Proprietary technology

Main results, benefits and impacts

  • At least 175 community-based ICT courses per year;
  • An action research model of design and delivery will record and evaluate the project methodology, methods and outcomes
  • Development of a regional Digital Inclusion Network to enable free sharing of information, good practice and resources.

In the last year of the project all the above will culminate in extensive dissemination activities at local, regional, national and international levels.

Return on investment

Return on investment: Not applicable / Not available

Track record of sharing

DAIN has transnational partners:

  • ILI/FIM (Institut fur Lern-Innovation FIM Neues Lernen) [Institute for Innovation in elearning],Germany;
  • EifEl (European Intitute For elearning), France;
  • Lambrakis Foundation, Greece
  • Menon Network EIG, Belgium

The objectives of the DAIN project transnational work are:

  • To identify locations of good practice of engagement of excluded groups in learning and developing ICT skills;
  • To enable Digital Activists (DAs) to investigate and report back on these models, using web 2.0 and multimedia tools;
  • To enable DAs to participate in online communication and collaboration with partners and groups they have engaged with in member states;
  • To create content for the community learning environment (CLE), in the form of multimedia reports from study visits that promote examples of good practices.

Lessons learnt

Currently, we cannot give any lessons learnt as the project is ongoing and we want to look at the final results.

Scope: Local (city or municipality), Regional (sub-national)
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