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Social Inclusion by Proactive Design (InclusiveByDesign) (nur in englischer Sprache)


01.12.2000 - 31.08.2002

Kurzbeschreibung des Projektes:

The project Social Inclusion by Proactive Design (InclusiveByDesign) concerned the potential of new forms of social exclusion, which may emerge during the move towards a knowledge economy and society. Three domains where products and services create a strong potential for impact on social inclusion are those of education, vocational training and employment.

InclusiveByDesign was based upon the hypothesis that proactive approaches in the design and development of technology (e.g. as promoted by the principles of ’Design for All’) contribute to combating social exclusion in employment, vocational training, and education, while meeting prevailing economic constraints and needs (e.g. economic efficiency). Consequently, the project aimed to identify best practice examples of proactive business and technology practices towards inclusion, to generate recommendations on realistic frameworks of policy measures and initiatives that stimulate, facilitate or support proactive measures towards mainstreaming employment, vocational training and education. The overall aims of the InclusiveByDesign project have been

  • to identify successful examples of proactive measures towards social inclusion in the European context, examples deriving from the market and the policy framework, and
  • to proceed to concrete recommendations as regards policies and initiatives to stimulate, promote and support such measures towards mainstreaming employment, vocational training and employment.

InclusiveByDesign engaged in three main research lines to assess current inclusive design practices, using interviews. The first line of work aimed to investigate the business-oriented aspects, which drive the inclusive design efforts in the five selected study cases. The second line focused on prevalent technology practices, including process-oriented design and development methods, in relation to specific techniques known or likely to facilitate inclusive design. Finally, the third line (policy perspective) engaged in an effort to investigate the extent to which the general or specific policies such as European / national regulations, legislation and/or standards exercised an influence on the lines of development in the five case studies.

The analysis results of the business perspective recommend that European, national and regional funding institutions should lay emphasis on supporting the development of methodological approaches and the establishment of transnational networks. These efforts should be supplemented by customer organisations that actively request participatory usability and accessibility approaches. Analysis of the technology interview data points to several interesting conclusions, regarding industry’s prevalent conceptions of Inclusive Design, as well as the level of resource concentration to this cause. Policy recommendations derived are: foster tight networking mechanisms, user involvement, legislation and standards, as well as the provision of incentives to industry, so that it becomes competent to identify new opportunities, internalise new technologies and finally appropriate the benefits of inclusive design.

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