Digital Durham convened a Digital Equity Plan Working Group in the late summer of 2020 to assess the digital divide in Durham and develop a comprehensive digital equity plan for the city and county.
The group includes representatives from the following organizations:
- City of Durham
- Community Workshop Series
- Duke University
- Durham Literacy Center
- Durham Public Schools
- Durham Technical Community College
- Kramden Institute
- North Carolina Central University
- Triangle Ecycling
- The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center
Over 300 community members contributed to the work through focus groups and surveys. Community input and the involvement of a broad coalition is critical in the development of a plan to bridge the digital divide for all people in the city and county of Durham.
Digital equity and inclusion is about economic development, access to healthcare and improved educational outcomes. The plan will address broadband access and adoption, device ownership, digital skills, and collaboration between private and public entities to increase digital equity in Durham. The highlights of our work to scope the problem and identify solutions so far include:
- Receiving BAND NC Grant
- Meeting with City of Detroit, Director of Digital Inclusion
- Completing inventory of digital equity resources and gaps
- Holding 7 online focus groups
- Surveying 300 residents in English and Spanish using online and in person instruments
- Finalizing Vision, Mission and Values for the plan
- Developing a draft plan including four goals with measurable objectives
Community respondents to the survey resoundingly agree (over 95%) that everyone should have internet access in their home and a device that allows them to participate online. Furthermore, over 90% believe it is important to track Durham’s progress on issues of digital equity and inclusion (devices, internet and digital literacy training).
Read our reports to learn more about our work: