Digital Competences Development System (DCDS)

The DCDS project aims to establish a framework that will provide the low-skilled adult European population with the basic digital and transversal competences needed for employment, personal development, social inclusion and active citizenship.

The project will develop an open, innovative multilingual Digital Competences Development System (DCDS) and use it to provide non-formal training to low-skilled adults in different European countries.

DCDS is completely aligned to the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens – DigComp and thus promotes its adoption in Europe.



The specific objectives of the proposal are to:

  • Improve the basic digital and transversal competences of 25+ years old citizens through an innovative integrated system that combines an online environment and face-to-face support;
  • Support non-formal training providers in planning and delivering flexible and modular training offers, aimed at improving basic digital competences of adults;
  • Empower policy-makers and key stakeholders from different fields in formulating integrated policies for developing and recognising adult citizens’ basic digital competences;
  • Collect and analyse evidence to substantiate innovative policies and practices through a field test of the DCDS.


  1. Digital Competences Development Methodology(DCDM): for the development of digital competences and related transversal skills of adults;
  2. Digital Competences Development Environment(DCDE): Consisting of a self-assessment tool, online management tools, online learning application, multilingual digital open educational resources, validation & certification of digital competences;
  3. Personalised blended non-formal training: composed by training modules which combine online learning with face-to-face support sessions by e-facilitators
  4. Handbooks and course guides: for implementing the methodology to assist the trainers and the training providers in planning and delivering flexible and modular training offers
  5. Policy Influence Toolkit: which includes policy recommendationson e-Inclusion, Adult Education and Digital Skills Agenda.


  • ALL DIGITAL, Belgium (project coordinator)
  • Hellenic Open University (HOU), DAISSy Research Group, Greece – AD Member
  • Centro Studi Foligno (CSF), Italy – AD Member
  • Associazione Emiliano-Romagnola Centri Autonomi di Formazione (AECA), Italy
  • Fundación ESPLAI, Spain -AD Member
  • LIKTA, Latvia – AD Member
  • EOS Foundation, Romania – AD Member
  • European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), Belgium


Kick-off meeting, Brussels, Belgium, Jan 2018

2nd consortium meeting, Athens, Greece, Jul 2018

3rd consortium meeting, Barcelona, Spain, Jan 2019

4th consortium meeting, Riga, Latvia, Jun 2019