Online neighbourhood networks in low income areas: evaluation report on work funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Barrow Cadbury Trust, 2011-2012

This report describes and reflects on four experimental projects carried out during 2011-2012 in separate localities in England.

The basic rationale was to test whether resident-run online neighbourhood networks could be established in low income neighbourhoods and if they could be shown to bring social benefits.

The report adds weight to claims that local online channels can be established inexpensively in low income areas, that they can be made sustainable, and that they contribute to the quality of local social life.

The full report is available here, with a two page summary here.