UN TSE Sector Handbook Project Resources

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This page offers tools to assist those implementing, or considering implementing, the UN TSE Sector Handbook. This page also offers links to background materials and publications from project countries that provide insight into ways that others have applied the definition and developed the “nonprofit universe” in their countries, as well as historical guidance materials developed to support the implementation of the original 2003 NPI Sector Handbook that may be of use.

Download the UN TSE Sector Handbook

United Nations Satellite Account on Nonprofit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work (English, 2018)

Implementation guidance

Previously available only under consultancy contracts, these materials were developed by Center staff to provide training and guidance to statisticians seeking to implement the TSE Sector Handbook. Following the passing of both Center Director Lester Salamon and Senior Research Associate S. Wojciech Sokolowski, we have made these available for public access to ensure that future implementers have he tools they need to successfully undertake the production of a TSE Sector Satellite Account.
Implementation Training Materials. This series of slide decks was developed to provide training workshops for national statistical agencies seeking to implement the TSE Sector Handbook. Dr. Salamon recorded video presentations of six of the seven sessions prior to his passing; both the slide decks and the videos are available via the links below. A full playlist of these videos can also be found here. Note that these sessions should be reviewed in the order presented.

  1. A Statistical Revolution—The Third or Social Economy (TSE) Sector [ slides | video ]
  2. Identifying In-Scope Institutional Units [ slides | video ]
  3. Defining and Valuing Volunteer Work [ slides | video ]
  4. Classification—Institutional Units and Workforce, Paid and Volunteer [ slides | video ]
  5. Target Data Items—Institutional Units [ slides | video ]
  6. Target Data Items—Workforce Components, Paid and Volunteer [ slides | video ]
  7. Beyond GDP—Assessing TSE Impact [ slides ]

Field Guides. These field guides were developed to provide step-by-step guidance in determining the coverage, data availability, and gaps during the implementation of the TSE Sector Handbook. These documents are provided in Word format and are available in English only.

    Field Guide 1: Identifying the in-scope Institutional and Individual Activity Components of the TSE Sector in Your Country [ Download ]

    Field Guide 2: Assembling the Needed Data on the In-scope Institutional and Individual Activity Components of the TSE Sector in Your Country [ Download ]


Legacy tools for implementers

In addition to the above, the following documents may help those considering implementation to assess existing resources and to develop a plan for moving forward. Note that these legacy documents focus only on the NPI component of the Third/Social Economy Sector.

    The 2003 UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts.
    [ English | Arabic | Chinese | French | Spanish | Russian ]
    Implementation Task List. A common set of steps national accounts offices take to implement the NPI component of the Handbook.
    [ English | French ]
    Nonprofit Institutions Data Availability Questionnaire. This document was developed to help countries gauge the level of currently available data on nonprofit institutions.
    [ English | French | Spanish | Russian ]


Background and reference documents

The documents referenced below can provide useful insight into countries’ experiences in measuring the civil society sector and into the development process for the 2002 UN NPI Handbook.

    Completed Satellite Accounts. Several countries have implemented the 2002 UN NPI Handbook and produced at least one iteration of the satellite account on nonprofit institutions. You can browse completed satellite accounts here.
    CNP Working Papers. Produced by Local Associates as part of the Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP), these Working Papers describe in detail the process used to apply the CNP definition to the nonprofit sector in a wide variety of countries. This definition was used to inform the working definition used in the Handbook, and as such, these papers may prove instructive for those considering implementation of the UN Handbook. You can browse all CNP working papers here.
    ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work. The Handbook calls for measuring the economic value of the volunteer work in the nonprofit sector, but most countries do not have a mechanism in place to do so. Approved in 2011, the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work resolves this problem and offers implementers of the UN Handbook an internationally sanctioned tool for gathering official data on the amount, character, and value of volunteering that are comparable cross-nationally. This tool has been specifically designed to ensure efficiency, reliability, and consistency by utilizing existing government statistical agencies to collect this information as part of their regular surveys. Visit the Volunteer Measurement Project page to learn more about the ILO Manual and efforts around the world to promote its implementation, or download the full text in multiple languages here.
    Development and history of the 2002 UN NPI Handbook. The UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts was prepared in close collaboration between the Center for Civil Society Studies and the Economic Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). Throughout the development of the Handbook, guidance was provided by a consultative group. From November 2000 to July 2001, a draft version of the NPI Handbook was tested in 11 countries, which varied in their level of development. The final version of the Handbook was published by the United Nations in 2003. You can download a packet documenting the development and testing process here. A similar process was undertaking in the development of the 2018 UN TSE Sector Handbook from 2013-2018.
    In order to encourage and support the implementation of the 2002 UN NPI Handbook, the Center joined forces with the UNV, Eurostat, and the Economic Commissions for Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia to host a series of regional meetings in 2004 and 2005 bringing together statistical officials and civil society leaders, and follow-up regional technical trainings for statistical offices in 2005 and 2006. Click here for a packet containing reports from these meetings.
    In 2007, we co-hosted a Global Assembly on Measuring Civil Society and Volunteering with the UNV and the UNSD in Bonn, Germany attended by nearly 100 participants from 37 countries, and continue to advocate for implementation of the Handbook around the world and to report the results.