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Back in September, we posted a summary of App It Up's nonprofit and library apps survey. We had some requests for more detailed survey results, so here they are!A Few CaveatsKeep
in mind, this was not a very scientific survey. The sample size is
small (less than 250), and we didn't try to survey a representative
sample of organizations. Therefore the results may not accurately
represent the full range of nonprofit and library app experiences. Survey
respondents were also self-selecting, meaning someone with absolutely
no interest in apps probably wouldn't take the time to respond to an app
survey. This means the numbers may overstate the level of interest in
apps. Finally, the results below combine responses from different
surveys that had slight differences in wording and question setup.What We Found in the NumbersWe made an effort to include both nonprofits and libraries by promoting the surveys in the TechSoup forums, via NetSquared and TechSoup for Libraries,
and through social media. The surveys ran in late August and early
September, 2011. There were a total of 229 survey responses. According to our survey results:
What We Found in the CommentsWe
asked organizations to share the apps they are currently using, as well
as their wishlist apps in the comments, and here's a sampling of what
they had to say:
What We Thought
on our (unscientific) survey, it looks like nonprofits and libraries
are already using apps. And if they had more resources to support apps,
they would be using (and creating) them even more. And since almost a quarter
of respondents said there weren’t apps that met their organization’s
needs, perhaps there is a real need for and interest in developing new
apps for nonprofits and libraries.What do you think? Please let us know in the comments.
Picture: Doug Belshaw
by Ariel Gilbert-Knight, Senior Content Manager, TechSoup
I look forward to learning more in the App it Up webinar on January 19. www1.gotomeeting.com/.../416651361
Interesting article! It's great to hear that nonprofits and libraries are embracing apps. I can understand that organisations don't have the resources to develop apps themselves, it can be a really expensive process! I'd be interested to hear specifics on what people need. Reading the original article I was wondering what it is that is missing. For example there are loads of task timer apps out there already, so what is it that is needed? Also, for events there is for example eventbrite, but perhaps that doesn't quite cut it? Any suggestions greatly appreciated as I'd quite like to get into app development myself.
All the best,
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Andrew, you might want to head over to the TechSoup community forum, particularly the section marked "Software" or "Emerging Technologies", and start a conversation on this topic!
Thanks! I will do.