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Project Funded by:  EC JRC B4

Project Duration:  11 months

Start Date:  02/09/2019

End Date:  30/09/2020


09 Sep, 2019


The project aim was to develop an item bank and methodology, and then pilot a self-assessment tool for digital competence for foundation, intermediate and advanced levels among individuals in 3 Member States of the European Union, based on Digital Competence Framework for Citizens 2.1.

The Item Bank

A self-assessment / self-reflection tool to:

  • make users aware of what is digital competence in the DigComp perspective;
  • highlight their strengths and weaknesses in different areas of digital competence;
  • encourage further competence development, by providing useful feedback to be discussed with expert counsellors.

Tool should be easy to understand and self-administer by the user, in a reasonably short time.


  1. Developed methodology and draft Item Bank across all 21 competences of DigComp2.1.
  2. Validated and refined item bank with panel of experts during validation workshop in Brussels.
  3. Made a first test on the initial item bank among 150 individuals in Ireland.
    • Participants: 16-65 years old, native English with preliminary expected digital skills level from foundation up to advanced users.
  4. Carried out psychometric and statistical analysis (including factor analysis) of results and refined item bank as necessary.
  5. Made a second test on the revised item bank among 400 individuals in Spain and Latvia (with localized languages) with same participant demographics.
  6. Carried out statistical analysis of reliability of second pilot results and refine item bank again as necessary.
  7. Produced final report of methodology and item bank (published during year 2020).



  1. Irish Computer Society (ICS), Ireland
  2. Ibermatica, Basque Country Government, Spain
  3. Baltic Computer Academy, Latvia