Be Connected Evaluation
This evaluation assessed the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the Be Connected program.
This report was commissioned by the Department of Social Services as part of the Australian Government’s Digital Literacy for Older Australians strategy.
The evaluation of Be Connected was led by Associate Professor Anthony McCosker and managed by Dr Roksolana Suchowerska and Dr Julie Tucker. The research team also includes Professor Christine Critchley, Dr Gordana Bruce, Jarrod Walshe, Dr Kiros Hiruy, Dr Michelle Lim and Professor Jo Barraket. Research assistance was provided by: Dr Jessamy Gleeson, Dr Milovan Savic, Dr Indigo Holcombe James and Emma Riseley. This report was prepared by Associate Professor Anthony McCosker, Dr Julie Tucker, Professor Christine Critchley, Dr Kiros Hiruy, Jarrod Walshe and Dr Roksolana Suchowerska.
The evaluation found Be Connected has a significant impact on building the digital skills, confidence and online safety practices of older Australians. The evaluation concluded that Be Connected represents an appropriate, effective, and efficient investment in the digital inclusion of older Australians.
This report was republished with permission.
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Replay: Be Connected Social Impact
On 31 March 2021, we hosted a webinar with Associate Professor Anthony McCosker about the evaluation of the Be Connected program.
Media release: Be Connected impact
We welcome a recent social impact report by Swinburne University of Technology, which finds that the Be Connected program, delivered by Good Things Foundation, created a social return on investment of $4.01 for every $1 invested.
Increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians, empowering everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.