EVMP partners present a paper at the 10th ISTR Conference | Siena, Italy | 11 July 2012

By on August 10, 2012

This post was added to the Center’s blog on 29 June 2015 as part of a wind-down of the standalone European Volunteer Measurement website.

EVMP partners presented a paper at the 10th edition of the biennial International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Conference, which took place in Siena, Italy, from 10-13 July 2012. The paper “Institutionalising the measurement of volunteering: Insights from the European Volunteer Measurement Project,” (English and Italian) by Daniela Bosioc of CEV, Lester M. Salamon of CCSS, and Ksenija Fonovic of SPES, addresses “the breakthrough that has recently been made in developing an approach for generating systematic data on at least the scope and scale of volunteering in countries around the world” with the adoption of the ILO Manual for the Measurement of Volunteer Work, the progress that has been made in to encourage the adoption of this Manual in Europe through our European Volunteer Measurement Project, and identifies the next steps needed to fulfil the promise that this Manual presents for scholars and volunteer promotion organizations in Europe and elsewhere.
ISTR_Siena_Daniela_Ksenjia_7.11.2012What emerges most clearly from the discussion in the paper are three central conclusions:

  • First, despite the methodological and policy challenges to doing so, the initial implementations of the Manual confirm that it is possible to make reasonable quantitative estimates of the scale and nature of volunteer work and the characteristics of volunteers in a region as diverse as Europe in a way that is both comparable internationally and respectful of different national conceptions and patterns.
  • Second, the ILO Manual has struck a reasonable balance among the competing conceptions of how and what to measure initially about volunteering and has consequently won important support among researchers, the volunteer community, and statisticians in Europe.
  • Third, important work is still needed to secure the institutional endorsement of Eurostat and governments Europe-wide to ensure full implementation of the capability to generate reliable, cross-national data on volunteer work in Europe as well as other parts of the world.

The paper was presented within a panel moderated by the Institute for Development Studies on “Methodologies for Valuing Volunteering—How to understand the impact of volunteering.” The panel also included the papers “Valuing Volunteering: Using systemic action research to assess the impact of volunteering on poverty,” presented by VSO International, and “Evaluation of the UK’s International Citizens’ Service: critical methodological reflections from the Mid Term Review stage,” presented by the Institute for Volunteering Research.
originally posted on 10 August 2012 at evmp.eu