The use of computers, the internet and social media in the VCS
Urban Forum linked up with Race Online 2012 to carry out a detailed survey about the use of computers, the internet and social media amongst our members as part of Race Online's challenge to make the UK the first nation in the world where everyone can use the web. In order to achieve this, Race Online are calling for urgent action to inspire, encourage and support millions more people to get online by the end of the Olympic year 2012.
Our aim was to discover and learn how voluntary and community groups use computers, the internet and social media in their organisations. The survey was sent out to all 741 Urban Forum members and gained a response rate of 9%. Such insight will enable Urban Forum to identify and respond to the needs of our members and assess and seek to address the barriers that may prevent them from using such tools effectively. Furthermore, the aim was to explore organisations' aspirations including their future plans for the use of computers and the internet and crucially the resources that could help them realise their aspirations.