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Here are the results of our survey that aimed to provide a picture of the level of and satisfaction with access to social networking tools by current staff of alcohol and drug treatment services in Victoria.

Conducted by UnitingCare Moreland Hall 20.9.2010 - 10.10.2010

Social networking is becoming a key medium for communication and community building in all areas of life. Increasingly social networking is being utilised in the not-for-profit sector to increase community development, information dissemination and engagement with our clients.

The aim of this short survey was to provide a picture of the level of and satisfaction with access to social networking tools by current staff of alcohol and drug treatment services in Victoria.

Survey advertised on VAADA E-News and Moreland Hall website.

Number of respondents: 87

Key Outcomes: 

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  • Most respondents (approximately two thirds) are unable to access common social networking sites from a work computer, yet only 12% of respondents believe that access to social networking at work is a time-waster and should be restricted.
  • Most respondents (approximately two thirds) do not believe that their current level of access to social networking is adequate.
  • The vast majority of organisations do not currently utilise social networking as part of their service.
  • Most respondents believe that there is place for social networking tools in drug and alcohol treatment and support services.
  • There was a mix of responses as to whether respondents believed that their current level of access to social networking is adequate.
  • A third of respondents believe that increasing access to social networking would help them to perform their job better.

Full results of the survey are available here. 

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