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Volunteer Measurement Publications

VOLUNTEER MEASUREMENT PROJECT PUBLICATIONS. On this page you can download the complete ILO Manual, documents pertaining to the history of its development, and publications arising from and relevant to the Volunteer Measurement Project.

  • Institutionalizing the Measurement of Volunteering: Insights from the European Volunteer Measurement Project (English, 2012)
    Daniela Bosioc, Ksenija Fonović, and Lester M. Salamon. Presented at the 2012 International Society for Third Sector Research and included in the ISTR Conference Paper Series, this paper discusses the implementation of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work in Europe. To do so, it provides an overview of the development and methodology of the Manual's approach to measuring the volunteer work, and describes the European Volunteer Measurement Project's (EVMP) efforts to promote the adoption of the Manual in Europe, and identifies the next steps needed to realize the potential impact of this measurement. This paper is also available in Italian.

  • Institutionalizing the Measurement of Volunteering: Insights from the European Volunteer Measurement Project (Italian, 2012)
    Daniela Bosioc, Ksenija Fonović, and Lester M. Salamon. Presented at the 2012 International Society for Third Sector Research, this paper discusses the implementation of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work in Europe. To do so, it provides an overview of the development and methodology of the Manual's approach to measuring the volunteer work, and describes the European Volunteer Measurement Project's (EVMP) efforts to promote the adoption of the Manual in Europe, and identifies the next steps needed to realize the potential impact of this measurement.. This paper is also available in English.

  • ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work (Italian, 2012)
    Questo Manuale, elaborato dal Centro Studi della Società Civile in collaborazione con l'OIL e un gruppo di tecnici esperti internazionali, rappresenta il primo approccio a livello internazionale sanzionato per la raccolta di dati ufficiali sulla quantità, il carattere e valore del volontariato . Questo approccio genera dati cross-nazionale comparabili, compreso il numero di volontari, e ha il vantaggio di essere economicamente efficace, efficiente, affidabile e realizzabile in una vasta gamma di paesi. Questo download contiene il Manuale completo, compreso il modulo per sondaggi e tutti gli allegati. Disponibile anche in inglese, francese e spagnolo .

  • ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work (Español, 2012)
    Este Manual, elaborado por el Centro de Estudios de la Sociedad Civil en colaboración con la OIT y de un grupo internacional de expertos técnicos, representa el primer acercamiento con sanción internacional para la recopilación de datos oficiales sobre la cantidad, el carácter y el valor del voluntariado. Este enfoque va a generar datos comparables entre países, incluyendo el número de voluntarios, y tiene la ventaja de ser rentable, eficiente, confiable y factible en una amplia variedad de países. Esta descarga contiene el Manual completa, incluyendo el módulo de la encuesta y todos los anexos.

  • ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work (Français, 2012)
    Ce Manuel, rédigé par le Center for Civil Society Studies en collaboration avec l'OIT et un groupe international d'experts techniques, représente la première approche sanctionné internationalement pour la collecte des données officielles sur la quantité, le caractère et la valeur du bénévolat. Cette approche permettra de générer des données comparables d'un pays, y compris le nombre de bénévoles, et a l'avantage d'être rentable, efficace, fiable et réalisable dans un large éventail de pays. Ce téléchargement contient le Manuel complète, y compris le module d'enquête et toutes les annexes.

  • Did You Know? Alliance Magazine December 2011
    The belief that volunteer activity is more extensive in higher- income countries than in lower-income ones results from focusing exclusively on volunteering through organizations. When the lens is widened to include direct volunteering, it becomes clear that the average time spent volunteering by people in both groups of countries is virtually identical. First published in the December 2011 issue of Alliance Magazine.

  • ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work (English, 2011)
    This Manual, drafted by the Center for Civil Society Studies in cooperation with the ILO and an international Technical Experts Group, represents the first internationally sanctioned approach for gathering official data on the amount, character, and value of volunteering. This approach will generate cross-nationally comparable data, including the number of volunteers, and has the advantage of being cost-effective, efficient, reliable, and feasible in a wide variety of countries. This download contains the full Manual, including the survey module and all annexes. Also available in French and Spanish.

  • Measuring the Economic Value of Volunteer Work Globally - Concepts, Estimates, and a Roadmap to the Future (2011)
    Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics Vol. 82, No. 3 | Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, and Megan Haddock. Explores alternative approaches for measuring the economic value of volunteer work, develops a methodology for producing global estimates of this value using existing data sources, and identifies a new data source that promises to yield significantly improved data on which to base such estimates in the future at both the global and national levels. Different approaches to valuation, including the replacement cost, opportunity cost, and social benefits approaches and both observed and reported market proxies, are examined. The article concludes by discussing the International Labour Organization Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work that adopts the basic method for defining and valuing volunteer work outlined here and promises to generate a much more robust and coherent body of data on volunteer work than has ever been available both globally and nationally. The Center is grateful to the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics for granting permission to post this article.

  • Development History of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work (2010)
    This document offers a history of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, which was developed by the Center for Civil Society Studies and the International Labour Organization, in cooperation with an International Technical Experts Group (TEG) composed of labor force statisticians and volunteering experts.

  • Putting Civil Society on the Economic Map of the World (2010)
    Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics Vol. 81, No. 2 | Lester M. Salamon. This paper provides an overview of a series of steps that have been taken by the Center over the past 20 years in cooperation with colleagues around the world and with officials in the United Nations Statistics Division and the International Labour Organization to bring measurement of the civil society sector into national economic statistics, culminating in the issuance and initial implementation of the United Nations Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts and the International Labour Organization Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work. The Center is grateful to the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics for granting permission to post this article.

  • [News Release] Mapping Volunteer Work Around the World: World’s Labor Statisticians Adopt New Guidelines for Measuring Volunteering (2008)
    News release | 19 December 2008. Announces the approval of the the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work by the 18th International Conference of Labor Statisticians in Geneva by a group of 260 statisticians representing a cross-section of the world’s official statistical agencies.

  • [News Release] Putting Volunteer Work on the Economic Map of the World: Johns Hopkins, International Labour Organization, and United Nations Join Forces (2007)
    News release | 30 April 2007. Announces the agreement between the Center, the International Labour Organization, and the UN Volunteers to develop a manual on measuring volunteer work within the context of national statistics.

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