Launched in December 2020, the LOTI Covid Innovation Fund allocates £150K from LOTI’s budget to help boroughs work together to address Covid-related challenges. Our aim was to fund two projects, with half the money going towards an idea that involves making smarter use of data, and the other for a digitally-enabled initiative. For more details on the Fund, please read this blog.
This project was put forward by Barnet, Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, Southwark and Westminster, and has interest from Kingston and Sutton as well.
The collaboration will build a publicly available map on the London DataStore that will help boroughs identify areas of digital exclusion, the key groups affected, and the types of needs they may have.
The map will be published alongside a toolkit and methodology to enable other boroughs to understand the mapping and validation process and replicate the analysis for their own local geographies. Accompanying quantitative and qualitative research will enable users to use the map to understand the spatial distribution of digital exclusion and the types of interventions that are required to support the specific needs of the digitally excluded people identified.