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Centre for Social Informatics has been awarded an ARRS-CRP project on digital inequalities of older adults in Slovenia


On October 1st 2022, we have launched the ARRS-CRP project titled Digital inequalities and older adults in Slovenia: An evaluation of the measures implemented under the Digital Inclusion Promotion Act (V5-2275). The project is funded by the Slovenian Research Agency and Government Office for Digital Transformation. The project leader is a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences Simona Hvalič Touzery, PhD. Other members of the project team are Vesna Dolničar, PhD, Andraž Petrovčič, PhD, Mojca Šetinc and Lea Lebar. The project has a duration of two years.

The main objective of the project is to facilitate the digital inclusion of older adults in Slovenia. Using a mixed-methods approach, we will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of strategies and actions that promote the digital inclusion of older adults internationally.
  • Conduct a qualitative study of the effectiveness of the trainingprogrammes for older adults that will be implemented as part of the Digital Inclusion Promotion Act (DIPA), examine good practices of digital skills training for them, and formulate theoretically grounded and empirically verified recommendations for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of digital skills training for older adults in Slovenia.
  • Develop and test a methodological instrument to measure aspects of the digital inclusion of older adults that builds on the DESI index and includes all three levels of the digital divide. The instrument will allow continuous monitoring of the progress in the digital skills for Slovenia’s older adults beyond the end of the project.
  • Conduct a preliminary survey in Slovenia to strengthen the conceptual and empirical understanding of the sociotechnical aspects of digital inequalities among older internet users and non-users. These aspects will relate to all levels of the digital divide.

Triangulating the results of these activities, we will make recommendations for the development of age-friendly digital public services and guidelines to promote the digital inclusion of older adults and their use of digital public services. This will support a more effective achievement of DIPA’s objectives and increase the sensitivity of stakeholders and decision-makers regarding digital inequalities.


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