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How can we realise the potential of digital for small and medium-sized charities? We co-funded research to explore how to make technology imaginable and usable for small voluntary organisations

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The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) worked with the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) to explore the extent to which small voluntary organisations are able or willing to consider how technology might have a positive role to play in their work.

They found that although many organisations are keen to engage with ‘tech’, they don’t always know where to access appropriate support or have the time to learn how to practically implement and use it.

Research findings include tips and advice from small voluntary organisations on overcoming the barriers to using technology; pointers for support organisations; and things for funders to think about – such as how they can support infrastructure, training and experimentation costs associated with ‘digital transformation’.

This study was co-funded with Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Tudor Trust.


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