It has been some time since we last blogged about our work relating to Assisted Digital. While we’ve been quiet, we have been busy working with our stakeholders to develop our thinking about the Assisted Digital (supporting access to Digital by Default services) and Digital Inclusion (tackling the issues that prevent everyone getting online) agendas. Of course, during this period, work has also continued on tackling the Digital Divide by encouraging people to get online.
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Last weekend, I attended the closing session of a Parliamentary hack day run with Rewired State as part of Parliament Week 2011, a week of activities to engage with the public and encourage them to get involved in the UK’s democratic institutions. The event clearly succeeded – there were some really excellent prototypes built in just over 24 hours.
Read more about the Parliament Week hack day
The following is a post from Chris Chant, Executive Director in the Cabinet Office working as Programme Director for the G-Cloud initiative.
So, the response to the talk I gave at the Institute for Government was quite interesting. It prompted quite a few questions so I thought I should expand and clarify my views on the current state of things and how we can start to put it right.
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Last Thursday, Chris Chant gave a talk at a cloud-computing event kindly hosted by the Institute for Government in London. Chris is an Executive Director in the Cabinet Office working as Programme Director for the G-Cloud initiative, and spoke about G-Cloud and what people can expect from it. Listen to Chris Chant’s talk
This is a guest post by Emma Mulqueeny (@hubmum), Director of Rewired State and one of the founders of the new Coding for Kids movement.
Every year, we run Young Rewired State, a network of developers aged 18 and under making digital things based on government data. And every year, the female:male ratio is about 5% or lower. In August, I blogged that a major part of this seems to be that kids get introduced to programming far too late, if at all. The bits of “computer thinking” kids get taught at Year 8 are already far too late to capture girls into something that is still a niche for self-taught “geeky” people.
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This post was contributed by Joanne Inskip, Senior Customer Insight Manager at the Government Digital Service:
At the start of 2011, the GDS Customer Insight team were given the task of developing a research methodology that could:
- Measure the performance of digital government services (specifically: task completion rates, time taken, drop out points, user comprehension and satisfaction)
- Be used on the live services as well as those in development
- Blend behavioural data with perception data
- Be rolled out across government to provided consistent measures for digital transactions
Read more about our Summative Test system