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.
Representatives of 6 European national statistical institutes and EVMP partners discussed progress in measuring volunteering through the implementation of the ILO Manual at a Technical Workshop in Rome on 19 April 2012. The workshop took place within the framework of the EVMP Phase 1 Wrap-up Conference entitled “Value and Role of Volunteering: Presentation of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work.”
Representatives from Italy, Poland, Hungary, Montenegro, Portugal, and Germany shared lessons learned to date, addressed the challenges of translating the Manual standards into the local cultural context, and pinpointed some initial comparative opportunities in a stimulating process of peer-learning. All participants showed great interest and availability to continue and further this work within a developing EVMP platform to ensure that they can remain engaged as a group, share resource materials, and collaborate in planning for the promotion and dissemination of data with EVMP partners.
The participants also agreed that it is necessary for Eurostat and national governments to clearly endorse and support a common, obligatory, and sustainable European statistical instrument for the measurement of voluntary work. Statisticians and EVMP partners agreed to keep in contact, share relevant information on www.evmp.eu and devise new collaborative initiatives to further volunteer measurement and comparative work.
National representatives each offered an overview of developments in their country:
ISTAT’s reference expert for the volunteering module, Tania Cappadozzi, focused on the process leading to the preparation of the draft questionnaire (read her speech and view her presentation). As a model of statistics agency-civil society cooperation, Ms. Cappadozzi emphasized ISTAT’s collaboration with the Italian National Coordination of Voluntary Support Centres (CSVnet), which will be training interviewers, helping with classification activities, and collaborating in preparing and disseminating the results.
Pioneering EVMP statistical expert, Slawomir Nalecz of the Central Statistics Office of Poland and the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, with great generosity and competence offered his input to colleagues preparing for their first implementation. As noted in his presentation about lessons learned from the Polish implementation experience, Mr. Nalecz attaches great importance to both the thorough preparation of interviewers and the careful adaptation of the module questions to the cultural background and cognitive abilities of the target population. It was also anticipated that the volunteering module results will contribute to the realization of non-profit sector satellite account and to new social capital analyses.
The Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO) inserted the ILO Manual as an “ad hoc” module in the third quarter of its 2011 Labour Force Survey, thus becoming the second EU country to complete the implementation of the standard volunteering module. In her presentation, HCSO Deputy Head of the Labour Market and Education Statistics Department, Elizabeth Lindner, previewed the very first results of the work led by the HCSO colleague Rita Varadi, and contributed an analysis of the process and all documentation.
Monstat‘s decision to implement the ILO Manual was made largely as a result of the encouragement and support of EVMP National Focal Point ADP-Zid, which translated the Manual into Montenegrin and hosted a regional Technical Workshop in Podgorica in January 2012, in collaboration with Monstat.
Monstat’s volunteering module reference person, Ivana Tanjevi, reported that Monstat plans to implement the module in their 2013 Labour Force Survey, but requested technical guidance in the preparation of the questionnaire and the analysis of results. Setting an example for other countries, she relies on the contribution of the voluntary sector to assist with training and dissemination.
The Portuguese National Institute for Statistics (INE), which has just published the results of its nonprofit satellite account, was represented by Ana Cristina Ramos, Head of the Unit for Satellite Accounts and Quality Assessment of the National Accounts. INE, which has committed to implementation in 2013, is relying on the EVMP platform in order to continue to exchange experiences with other countries, and on collaboration with the voluntary sector. The development of data on volunteering will usefully complement future efforts to update its satellite account.
As one of few EU countries that already has in place a good national survey of volunteering (which is, as of 2012 managed by DZA, the German Centre of Gerontology) Germany was welcomed with particular interest to the workshop. DZA Representative Julia Simonson, Vice-coordinator of the volunteering survey (Freiwilligensurvey-FWS), inquired into a series of technical aspects – such as reference period and fields of activity – in order to study and test the best possible options for rendering the German survey results comparable with the ILO Manual standards, without losing the historical FWS series data.
Detailed reports and a comprehensive set of country resources is available here.
originally posted on 26 June 2012 at evmp.eu