Developing a Methodology for Costing the Impact of Digital Exclusion

Project Date: 
Jan 2009
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This project opened the expert deliberation of costing digital exclusion by developing a Methodology for Costing the Impact of Digital Exclusion and then creating a digital exclusion project website to allow all Internet users to share their comments and critiques. The project was developed for the National Audit Office (NAO) by the LSE Public Policy Group and the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). Please visit the project website to contribute.

Recent work by OII has shown that technological forms of exclusion are a reality for significant segments of the population, that different groups experience different types of exclusion, and that for some people they reinforce and deepen existing disadvantages, such as social and economic exclusion.

We were asked by the National Audit Office to develop a methodology for working out the benefits foregone to citizens, government and the economy through digital exclusion - and the costs of overcoming them. This methodology is presented here.

The original project to develop the methodology was jointly led by Professor Patrick Dunleavy and Professor Helen Margetts, the research team included Chris Gilson, Leandro Carrera, Ellen Helsper and Jane Tinkler and the project was jointly administered for the research team by Enterprise LSE and Isis.

In developing this methodology, the team drew on their extensive experience of working together on earlier NAO value for money studies, including Government on the Web (1999), Government on the Web II (2002) and Government on the Internet: Progress in Delivering Information and Services Online (2007); the Oxford Internet Institute’s biannual investigation into Internet use in Britain, the Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS); and research carried out by the Oxford Internet Institute (with the Office of National Statistics and OfCom) for the Department for Communities and Local Government published as Digital Inclusion: An Analysis of Social Disadvantage and the Information Society (2008).

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