As the 21st century continues, those on the wrong side of the digital divide will struggle more than ever before.
How can we help? By designing programs engaging local economic development organizations and relevant stakeholders in digital inclusion.
PCRD and the Duke Energy Foundation did just that with the Accelerating Community Digital Transformation (ACT) program.
There were 3 steps to the ACT program accompanied with key resources from PCRD:
- 1. Technical assistance to produce the plan
- 2. Funds to implement the plan
- 3. Impact evaluation to tell the story
5 counties, each in different places in their digital inclusion journey, participated in the program. Let’s see how the program adapted to meet each county.
With the plans in place, it was time to use them! Each county was awarded $15,000 towards implementing their plan. Here’s how they did:
So what did we learn from the ACT program? Here are three takeaways that might interest you: