Poland and Hungary, the two countries holding the presidency of the EU during the European Year of Volunteering 2011, are leading by example and have kept their word to implement the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work in order to highlight this important sector. These countries’ decisions and experience have set the bar high for the following presidencies and for fellow EU member states, which still have the chance to announce their plans to measure volunteering before the European Year of Volunteering is over. The question is, will others follow?
Poland’s Central Statistical Office has already implemented the ILO Manual and is preparing to release the final results at the closing conference for the European Year of Volunteering 2011 to be held 1-2 December.
Officials from Hungary’s Central Statistical Office announced the implementation of the survey module during the third quarter of the 2011. Hungary and has already translated and adapted the module, and will attach it as an ad hoc module to its Labour Force Survey.
Statistics officials from Poland, who pioneered this effort in Europe, offered a number of lessons learned for their colleagues in Europe during the recent Technical Workshop on the ILO Manual in Warsaw, including ensuring proper training and motivating of the interviewers, avoiding use of proxy response, using ICNPO to classify the fields of work, carefully considering the timing of the implementation in relation to other modules, and avoiding use of the sub-sample of persons rotating out of the LFS.
It is hoped that other countries will take note of these lessons, and the recent endorsement of the ILO Manual by the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, and follow Poland and Hungary in implementing the ILO Manual.
cross-posted from evmp.eu