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Volume 2, Number 6
Digital Opportunity Partnership:
Baseline Needs Assessment Survey
To ensure the national civil rights community has the needed information to design a program to address its technology needs in a coordinated manner, the first step in undertaking the Digital Opportunity Partnership was to develop and administer a baseline survey for national civil rights organizations.
The baseline survey served two primary purposes:
In 2000, the Leadership Conference sent surveys to approximately 130 of its member organizations. Sixty-eight organizations submitted completed or partically completed surveys. The results of the surveys were analyzed and summarized in a report, "From Digital Disconnect To Digital Empowerment."
The report found that:
The report concludes that the time for leadership, investment and collaboration to most effectively leverage new communications advances is now. Toward this end, the report includes a series of recommendations directed to the civil rights, foundation, and business communities that are designed to ensure that all segments of society are able to participate fully in the Digital Age.
The conclusions of the report call for a closer examination of how new information technologies affect traditional civil rights issues, including equality of educational opportunity, civic engagement, media diversity, equal and nondiscriminatory access to essential services, and equal employment opportunity and job training.