information and communications technology

The collaborative state : how working together can transform public services (Demos collection 23)

Collection of case studies and papers which advocate collaboration as a new approach to running local public services. It attempts to provide answers to the questions, why work together?, where can the beginnings of new approaches be found? and what form would government take if it was redesigned for collaboration?

The edgeless university : why higher education must embrace technology

Report assessing the threats and opportunities technology holds for universities. It argues that technology is making universities just one source among many of knowledge and ideas but that, through their institutional capital, universities can also harness technology to offer more flexible provision and open up more avenues into higher education.

Sharing personal images and videos among young people

From September to November 2009, the South West Grid for Learning undertook research in partnership with the Centre for Security, Communications and Networks Research, University of Plymouth, to better understand the ways young people from 11 to 18 use mobile and Internet technology to share files among friends. In particular the research focused upon the practice of “sexting” – the sharing of explicit images electronically.

Social research: data security review

In July 2008 the Scottish Government commissioned Scott Moncrieff to review the data security procedures within eight research contractors who had regularly been commissioned to carry out social research on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Digital lifestyles: adults aged 60 and over

This report provides an overview of media literacy among adults aged 60 and over in the UK. The aim of the report is to support people working in this area to develop and promote media literacy among this group.

Delivering digital inclusion: summary of consultation responses

This report documents key findings from analysis of stakeholder feedback and responses to 'Delivering digital inclusion: an action plan for consultation'. It explores what stakeholders perceive to be the core factors shaping successful delivery of the digital inclusion agenda: citizen focus not technology focus; strong leadership; national approach, local delivery; benchmarking, timeframes and measurable outcomes; sustainable, long term funding and planning.

IRISS image bank collection: adults and older people

A collection of images suitable for use in social work training. These images have Creative Commons licences and may be freely used for non-commercial purposes.

IRISS image bank collection: adults and children/young people

A collection of images suitable for use in social work training. These images have Creative Commons licences and may be freely used for non-commercial purposes.

Introduction to the European institutions and the European Union policy making processes of relevance to older people (2nd edition)

Document intended to introduce organisations representing older people to the European institutions and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the main EU level political and legislative processes.

A report on the administrative workload for mental health workers

Report of a research project which aimed to provide a better understanding of the administrative workload of mental health workers. It sheds some light on the more complex questions about administrative processes and shows where small changes may make processes more effective.