A team of champions is being deployed to help embed the principles of the benchmarking and advice code of practice, which launched around 18 months ago.
Digital champions are being taken on to support charities improve their digital capability, as part of a stepping up of help offered through the Charity Digital Code of Practice.
The free code, which launched in November 2018 to help charities benchmark their digital progress, is making a group of ‘Code Champions’ available to the sector, to share expertise and encourage charities to take up advice within the code.
A total of 15 champions have been recruited so far and the code’s organisers are on the hunt for more to sign up to help the sector.
“The world has changed and most charities realise the need to be more digitally ambitious,” said Martin Campbell, Chief Information Officer at World Vision.
“World Vision was one of the early adopters of the Charity Digital Code of Practice and it has enabled us to better understand the practical outcomes of our digital activity and to put a framework around our digital transformation programme.
“We are now working on using data much more in our decision making and we’ve seen substantial improvements in the performance of our key products.”
TLC Chief Executive Michelle Hill added: “We’re really excited to be a champion of the code as we’ve been using it since it launched.
“Adopting the code and weaving it throughout our long-term strategy and day-to-day work has offered us a catalyst to develop our culture, processes and systems.
“It has really helped us go back to basics and optimise what we have. We think it’s important to champion digital developments for smaller charities and will be waving the flag for ensuring any developments always align with values.”
Homeworking rise due to coronavirus
Boosting digital capabilities is especially vital this year as the coronavirus pandemic forces more charity workers to work remotely at home, via a raft of digital software and tools.
The code is based around a number of principles around digital capability, including strong leadership, involving users and basing technology around the needs of beneficiaries and stakeholders.
A steering group of charity and digital representatives manage the code, which is funded by Charity IT Leaders, Cisco, The Co-op Foundation and the Lloyds Banking Group, with support from tech charity CAST, which is part of charity sector digital skills initiative Catalyst.
Those wanting to volunteer to become a Code Champion should email Code steering group chair Zoe Amar firstname.lastname@example.org.