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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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The Centre for Urban and Community Research: IntroductionImogen Slater & Claire Levy

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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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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