In order to help guide digital transformation efforts across the metro, KC Digital Drive has developed a landscape analysis of the current digital inclusion funding ecosystem in Kansas City. This analysis is meant to provide funders and community organizations with a clear picture of the digital inclusion needs and funding apparatus in our community by highlighting the kinds of digital inclusion programming that are currently funded, and where there are gaps at a program and system level within the ecosystem.

The goal of this analysis is to help inform the upcoming re-launch of Kansas City’s Digital Inclusion Fund, as well as to support funders and digital inclusion practitioners in developing a strategy to take advantage of upcoming state and federal funding opportunities to build digital inclusion programming and capacity in the city.

The white paper is structured according to a five-point framework that KC Digital Drive has developed to help contextualize the the full diversity of barriers that contribute to the digital divide in Kansas City:

  1. Network Capacity
  2. Access to the Network
  3. Quality of Network Access
  4. Participation in Digital Life
  5. Excellence, Innovation, and Growth

For each of these dimensions, we explore the existing capacity of Kansas City’s digital inclusion ecosystem, the gaps we have identified that will require new initiatives to address, and the systemic issues that serve as barriers or opportunities for progress.

 

Read the white paper here.

Further Reading

Expanding Digital Literacy Programs in the Region: A Recap of February’s Digital Inclusion Learning Circle Meeting

The goal of the Digital Inclusion Learning Circle is to provide a space for digital skills trainers to share their knowledge and expertise, get tips to improve their programs and services and brainstorm new ideas. The February Digital Inclusion Learning Circle featured presentations from Pam Rooks, Refugee Digital Access Specialist with Catholic Charities of Northeast […]

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Showing the love for digital inclusion

Another Net Inclusion is in the books, with this year’s conference held in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, aligning perfectly with it overlapping with Valentine’s Day. The event, hosted by NDIA, featured three days of learning with topics ranging from digital inclusion essentials to AI and dozens of panelists from across the country.   Sessions […]

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