We focus on four complex health issues more prevalent in urban areas
With the Social Progress Imperative, we've developed the first neighbourhood level, health-focused social progress index of its kind.
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Research and Development
With Promising Trouble
Partner: Promising Trouble
Funding amount: £23,612.50
Duration: December 2021 – March 2022
Programme: Research and Development
As more of our lives are lived out online so too are our health services, but those without reliable internet often struggle to access the services they need.
For those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes, being digitally excluded becomes a barrier to good health and can have wider impacts such as limiting access to employment opportunities or welfare support.
Digital exclusion affects many working age adults as well as older people and manifests itself in ways much broader than connectivity. Affordability, skills, and trust are all factors in allowing people to feel comfortable online to better their health.
We’re exploring different approaches to improve digital access and ensure people are digitally included. We’ve been working with ClearView Research to explore what digital inclusion means for communities in Lambeth and Southwark, as well as Community TechAid to work out how we can deliver the best interventions to make a difference.
We’re now working in partnership with Promising Trouble to look at how to take a systemic approach to promoting digital inclusion, starting with broadening access to internet connectivity.
This project aims to explore how to address digital exclusion for people who cannot afford internet access.
We will identify what best practice looks like in providing free internet access to communities in ways that work for them, taking into account the learnings from various models rolled out across the world which offer community-owned Wi-Fi. This will look beyond technology and infrastructure to also consider other potential challenges of getting people online, such as skills, awareness, and motivation.
We’ll then share these learnings with anyone interested in tackling the issue of digital exclusion, including internet providers, local governments, councils, housing associations, and the healthcare sector.
Digital exclusion affects health outcomes both directly and indirectly:
We know from our research into the nature of digital exclusion in our place that affordability is a significant issue, so we are beginning by prioritising projects related to affordable connectivity.
Promising Trouble specialise in policy development, training and prototyping that helps technology work for more of us, more of the time.
Stephanie Woodrow is our Portfolio Manager who is leading this partnership.
Research and development
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we set up an emergency fund to support essential community services with a more equitable funding model.
Research and development
Can health research be more equitable, and enable local residents to lead the research agenda?
As part of our vaccine knowledge portfolio, we're working with ClearView Research, an audience insight and strategy agency, to better understand the opinions of Black residents in Lambeth and Southwark.