Resources outlining skills needs and assessment of skills

  • Digital Skills Assessment Guidebook[1]: practical step-by-step tool for national digital skills assessments. The guidebook can be used to determine the existing supply of a digitally skilled cohort at a national level, to assess skills demand from industry and other sectors, to identify skills gaps, and to develop policies to address future digital skills requirements. It is designed for use by policy-makers and other stakeholders, such as partners in the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia.
  • DigComp 2.1[2] is a tool developed by the JRC (Joint Research Centre), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, as a scientific project and with intensive consultation of stakeholders. First published in 2013, DigComp has become a reference for the development and strategic planning of digital competence initiatives both at European and Member State level. The current version is DigComp 2.1 and it focuses on expanding the initial three proficiency levels to a more fine-grained eight level description as well as providing examples of use for these eight levels. Its aim is to support stakeholders with the further implementation of DigComp.
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)[3] is a tool developed through the W3C process[4] in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally. It is part of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) which develops web accessibility guidelines, technical specifications, and educational resources to help make the web accessible to people with disabilities. WCAG documents explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. WCAG 2.2 is scheduled to be published in 2021.
  • Digital Nonprofit Ability (DNA) Assessment[5] is an assessment tool which allows organizations to make decisions about how to begin their digital transformation.
  • Digital Capabilities Statement[6] is a practice framework that outlines the knowledge, skills and values that social workers should have in order to use digital technology in practice with adults, children and families in England. This framework is aimed to: assist social workers with practice judgements and decision-making, support social workers to meet the needs of adults, children or families who use or could benefit from digital technology, support trainers and educators to consider how to strengthen social workers’ understanding of the role of digital technology in social work.



[4] The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops web standards such as HTML, CSS, etc. WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) is part of W3C and follows the W3C Process for developing web standards.