Abstracts: December 4th, 2003

Over the period 2000 to 2003, DfES invested 10m pounds from the Capital Modernisation Fund in the Wired up Communities initiative to pilot the connection of around 12,000 homes in seven disadvantaged communities to the Internet. The objective was to assess how individual access to the Internet can transform opportunities for people living in these communities by developing new ways of accessing learning, work and leisure services. To ensure the best value is obtained from the investment in the pilot projects, consultants were commissioned to draw together best practice and lessons learned. This toolkit is the result.The toolkit is a useful guide to planning, setting up and running a community based ICT project, whether it is in a deprived inner city area or a remote and isolated rural community. Aimed at community practitioners, local authorities, researchers and governmental policy makers, the toolkit draws upon the experience of the pilot projects.

The set contains two video films made by the Media Trust in the seven pilot project areas. They show the projects in action, and record the aspirations and views of local residents, volunteers, project staff and stakeholders. Designed to capture the look and feel of the individual projects, the CDs contain two films: WuCs going on? a community perspective and Why WuCs work: a policy perspective.

Published by Department for Education and Skills. Available free of charge from: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/wired/