Maria Garrido asked me to help spread the word about Telecentre-Europe's Assessment Survey, so let me simply sum the 2 most important reasons why I think it is in the very interest of every European telecentre network to fill the survey:
1. Become visible as an organization at a European map that details the different typology of eInclusion actors on the basis their territorial coverage, scope of activities, target group, size of action
2. Start measuring impact with a paneuropean systematical assessment practice, guided by a scientifical methodology. So you can articulate how, and the extent to which your programs impact the lives of the people you serve, and gain visibility and recognition for your work among policy makers and donors at European, national, regional and local level.
Policy makers are asking this, as Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau (Senior Advisor Cabinet Kroes at the European Commission) said in his keynote speech at the latest Telecentre-Europe Summit:
"We call on all of you to deliver hard figures on impacts on the number of people you reached in your programmes, the savings generated and the opportunities created. We need to evidence to make the hard business case for investing in digital literacy and eSkills."
Final note: several organizations have already filled the survey and told me it was really easy to do and not time consuming at all. The information asked for was - as they said - inmediately available and most of them even knew it by heart: the usual description details about the organization, the way they collect user data now and on what, which services & training programs they offer and to which target group, etc... simple stuff like that!
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