Background: The IM/IT Joint Table
The Information Management (IM) and Information
Technology (IT) Joint Table was established during the summer of 2000.
Its mandate was to investigate and respond to the technology needs of
the voluntary sector.
The Joint Table examined previous studies and
reports on the needs of the sector, as well as conducted its own needs
analysis study in 2001. It also set up working groups to examine
issues and solutions.
In the fall of 2002, the IM/IT Joint Table
completed its work on identifying ways of building the capacity
of the voluntary sector through the application of IM/IT. It released
its final report, Strengthening Voluntary
Sector Capacity Through Technology, in February 2003. This
report includes research findings and a five-component strategy:
- Campaign focussed on funders
- Access to IT planning, hardware and software,
training and technical support
- Voluntary sector portal
- Funding exchange
- Technology awareness campaign
This completed the work of the Joint
Table. The IM/IT Secretariat at Industry Canada was then responsible
for addressing the Table's recommendations.
The Secretariat worked with both the
voluntary sector and the various components of the Voluntary Sector
Initiative to address the report's recommendations. An advisory
group assisted the Secretariat in its efforts.