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20.05.14

Test your organisation's digital capability – Socitm

Socitm, the society for public sector IT management, is challenging top teams in local public services to ‘take the digital test’.

The organisation has published its ‘Do you do digital?’ guide, and now created an interactive test to allow individuals to assess their organisation’s corporate commitment to digital working, and its capacity to deliver it.

There are nine questions about corporate commitment to digital (e.g. is there effective leadership, a clear set of priorities, a policy of transparency, strong digital capability etc) and a further nine questions about that capability specifically (e.g. are there sufficient digital skills, a website that supports digital delivery, processes to measure demand, tools for digital engagement with citizens, plan for assisted digital services etc).

A detailed results breakdown by sector and job role is then available.

Martin Greenwood of Socitm Insight said: “This simple test is quick to do but stimulates important thinking about elements of corporate commitment and digital capability that need to be in place before an organisation can consider itself truly ‘digital’. We hope everyone with an interest in digital will take the test and encourage their colleagues to do so too – the more responses we get for every organisation type and job role, the more useful the test results will be.”

Early results suggest web team members give lower scores on their organisation’s corporate commitment to digital than people in management.

Staff at local authorities, health services, housing, social care and the third sector can all take the test if their role is web, customer services, communication, service and corporate management included.

Take the test here.

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