Connecting Up are pleased to be able to release the results of our latest research on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the not-for-profit sector, performed with Digital Business Insights.
This is the third time in 5 years that Digital Business Insights have surveyed the use of ICT in the nonprofit sector, with the first two studies in Queensland and the last three Australia wide in partnership with nonprofit organisation Connecting Up. The most recent survey was completed in October 2011, surveying 1,485 charities and not-for-profit organisations.
This major study confirms the trend of past years that there is a growing need for the “right” technology and training to maximise the use of that technology – in other words a critical need for ICT capacity development. This research supports the recent Australian Government’s Productivity Commission (2010) findings and the general Not-for-Profit Priorities Research (2010) by Connecting Up.
Despite these findings being confirmed over the past decade, there is still virtually no Government investment in the ICT capacity development of this vital sector which compares in size and economic contributions to sectors such as Government and Defence, Wholesale Trade, Transport and Storage, Agriculture.
The major question is: why does this sector, which is one of the fastest growing and major employment sectors, contributing significantly to the economy and our social wellbeing consistently remain sidelined and overlooked?
Find out more in our report: