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Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project Methodology « International Publications « Downloads
Date postedAugust 1, 2004
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CategoriesInternational Publications, Comparative Nonprofit Sector Publications
Tagsunited 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.


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