Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project Methodology « International Publications « Downloads
|Date posted||August 1, 2004|
|Categories||International Publications, Comparative Nonprofit Sector Publications|
|Tags||united states, usa, poland, argentina, uk, united kingdom, germany, france, brazil, hungary, japan, netherlands, israel, czech republic, ireland, colombia, australia, romania, belgium, spain, slovakia, mexico, peru|
The Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project sought to develop a common base of data about a similar set of “nonprofit” or “voluntary” institutions in a disparate set of countries. This required that we resolve five critical methodological and conceptual challenges including selection of a set of differing countries for testing theories; clearly defining what was meant by “nonprofit” or “voluntary” organizations; development of a classification scheme; identification the most meaningful aspects of these organizations to focus on for data-gathering purposes; and devising a way to collect reliable data on these aspects in a cost-efficient fashion. This document describes how the Center went about these tasks and provides more detail on the actual sources of data used in various countries.