Arts Organisations Engagement with Information Technology, Survey of, 1999 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information.
Overall aim: to inform the Australia Council on the issues regarding arts organisations using new technologies effectively and efficiently. Results of the survey will be used to determine if or how the commonwealth can attempt to assist the arts organisations more efficiently.
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How will the survey meet this need? That is, what are the objectives of the survey in terms of content and constraints? (B2)
Note. "Content" refers to the topics the survey will cover. If applicable, "constraints" may include: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs), etc.
The survey is designed to meet the following objectives:
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- To determine the current nature of arts organisations (how they are structured, sources of funding, if they have strategic plans etc)
- To determine the current use of technology within arts organisations
- To determine the organisation's attitudes towards increasing the use of new technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their organisation;
- To determine the organisation's overall level of knowledge in regards to assistance and support in the area of technology;
- To determine the current issues/impediments to taking up the use of new technologies;
- To determine the organisation's perceived future patterns of change in terms of both organisation's structure and the anticipated use of technology.
The constraints of the survey mainly lie with not knowing the extent of the population of the arts sector. A database of arts organisations currently funded by the Australia Council will be used to select the sample of organisations for the survey. This survey will be able to establish all of the above objectives for a representative sample of this database only. It is acknowledged that organisations on this database may not necessarily be representative of all Arts organisations and that this may introduce some bias into the survey results.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available.
Calls to introduce the survey and find out whether the organisation is happy to be involved:
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- beginning week commencing 11th October
Piloting of survey:
- depends on feedback from SCH, but imagine it will be in the week commencing 8th November, probably 11th or 12th
Send out of survey:
- again, depends on feedback from SCH, but imagine it will be in the week commencing 15th November
- survey results should be available by early January 2000