Free online checklist for working digitally now available

Part of the Charity Digital Code of Practice, it is seen as a starting point for leaders to review digital progress

Charity trustees are being offered a free online checklist to help them make effective decisions about working digitally.

The digital checklist, which is part of the Charity Digital Code of Practice, has been written as a “starting point” to help leaders of organisations review digital progress made in the light of the coronavirus crisis.

The checklist identifies best practice and tips on subjects ranging from remote working to digitalising governance processes.

A statement about the guide said: “We’ve created this checklist to help charity boards and leaders with the decisions they need to make about digital during the crisis, and to get them thinking about what they’d like their charities to achieve during this time.”

The guide was created in partnership with Catalyst, an alliance of civil society organisations, funders and digital agencies working to increase the resilience of the UK charity sector. It is a response to the “alarming” Charity Digital Skills Report 2020, which said that one in three charities had cancelled services during the pandemic because of a lack of digital skills.

Funded by Charity IT Leaders, Cisco, the Co-op Foundation and the Lloyds Banking Group, with support from Cast as part of the Catalyst initiative, the digital checklist was tested with trustees and charity advisers from nine different organisations.

One of the checklist testers, D'Arcy Myers, chair of the Association of Charitable Organisations, said “many charity trustees are put off by the word digital”, so to govern digital strategy successfully “we need collective decision-making at board level”.

He said: “The great thing about this new checklist is that it's accessible to everyone. It is a tool that can bring an understanding of digital to the entire board, giving them everything they need to understand what they should be aiming to achieve and how to go about it."

The digital expert Zoe Amar, who chairs the steering group behind the digital code, said: “The past two months have been extremely challenging for the charity sector, and it’s crucial that digital activity is prioritised if we are going to adapt and respond to the ‘new normal’. 

“I’m delighted that we can share this checklist as part of the wider Charity Digital Code of Practice to help boards tackle this challenging environment and inspire them to embrace digital activity. This will not just benefit the charities they support, but also the service users and beneficiaries who rely on them.”

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