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The Centre for Urban and Community Research: Introduction Imogen Slater & Claire Levy. CUCR: A community of researchers. Established in 1994 Interdisciplinary research centre within the Sociology Department Early evaluation of local urban regeneration (DCC report 1996)

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CUCR: A community of researchers

  • Established in 1994

  • Interdisciplinary research centre within the Sociology Department

  • Early evaluation of local urban regeneration (DCC report 1996)

  • Today: From New Cross to New York, and UK to Europe, Asia and Africa.

  • Core expertise ranging from visual sociology, action research, participatory practice to creative methodologies


Who we are and what we bring

  • 5* Sociology department

  • Strong track record in research and evaluation

  • EU, national, regional, city wide and local evaluative research

  • Experience of evaluating European projects including ECP

  • Experience in working with partnerships

  • Focus on programmes and interventions that target disadvantaged groups



Examples of CUCR Projectsof Arts and Culture at CUCR

  • Beyond the Numbers Game (Hi8us)

  • Skills Exchange (Serpentine)

  • Street Training & Creative Families (South London Gallery)

  • Signs of the City (EU Culture Programme)

  • Sci:dentity (Wellcome Trust)

  • Capital People Programme (NHS)

  • Positive Futures (Home Office)

  • Create London Case Study and internships (Create)


Our Approach

  • Creative

    • Interdisciplinary

    • Creative methods – including visual methods

    • Qualitative and quantitative

  • Ethical

    • Ethical methods

    • Participatory, reflexive, praxis-oriented

    • From ivory tower to grassroots

    • Making a difference

  • The Craft of Research

    • Building an evaluative culture: embedding reflection in practice

    • Working closely with partners and participants, ensuring research is robust, useful and of high quality


Context

  • Demographic change in Europe –The number of people over 85 will triple by 2050. More over 65s

  • 2006 Riga Declaration on Digital Inclusion

  • 2007 European Commission launched the 2010 e-inclusion initiative

  • 2007 EC communication ‘Ageing well in the information society’

  • The Digital Agenda For Europe (2010) target for 2015 is for 60% of disadvantaged people having regular internet use

  • EU – 8 Key Competencies for Lifelong Learning includes Digital Competence

  • 2012 EU Year of Active Aging and Solidarity between the generations


Findings and Outcomes from ECP

  • Delivery

  • The model

  • Beyond reminiscence

    Overall the Digitales method was seen

    to have a number of clear,

    Interlinked benefits:

  • Engaging older people in ICT and developing their skills – increasing digital inclusion

  • Socialising and sharing – reducing isolation

  • Recording stories which collectively document personal, social and cultural histories, thereby promoting intercultural and intergenerational dialogue.


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