Digital Inclusion Research Forum on Oct. 12-13

Federal Reserve Bank of DallasThe Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City and Philadelphia seek proposals for presentation at the Digital Inclusion Research Forum, to be held in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 12-13. The proposal deadline is July 21.

I am honored to serve on the advisory committee for the research forum.

Feel free to share this call for presentations with people who may be interested in submitting a proposal.

Forum objectives

The conference will provide:

  1. A framework for existing research
  2. Relevant context and appropriate applications for using existing research
  3. A forum for informing and advancing new research

 Forum audience

  1. Academics and researchers
  2. Broadband and digital inclusion policymakers (including state broadband and digital equity staff)
  3. Digital inclusion practitioners

The organizers are especially interested in these subtopics.

While the organizers will consider presentations across a range of subtopics related to digital inclusion, they are especially interested in presentations on the following ten subtopics.

  1. Existing research related to broadband and digital access among marginalized populations: Rural, urban communities, African American, Latino, Native American, etc.
  2. Considerations in conducting culturally informed research when working with marginalized populations
  3. Digital skills development across varying skill levels
  4. How research can better serve the needs of practitioners (from a practitioner’s perspective)
  5. Fundamentals of what practitioners should know about data collection, data availability, and measuring outcomes (from a research perspective)
  6. Integrating digital inclusion efforts into existing non-profit and government services
  7. Measuring the economic impact of broadband access and/or digital inclusion initiatives
  8. Qualitative data use in digital inclusion research
  9. Data opportunities and limitations, leveraging existing DI measurement tools and indices
  10. Research regarding program evaluation

 How to submit a proposal and what to include

 You may submit your proposal here. Joint submissions for co-presentations are welcome. The proposal deadline is July 21.

Proposals should convey how the session will support the conference objectives. Selection is competitive, so be sure to submit a compelling proposal within the 500-word limit.

Organizers will review and accept proposals on a rolling basis. We will extend invitations to present in early August. Those invited to present will receive a modest honorarium and reimbursement of reasonable travel costs.

Questions? Please contact Theresa Dunne, Community Development Research Analyst.