Volunteer Measurement Project Resources

frequently asked questions
information for statistical officials

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On this page, you can download the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work and learn more about its development history. We have also compiled a list of links to data generated by the implementation of the ILO Manual and to other national volunteer reports using methodologies that are compatible with the Manual. Click here for blog posts related to the Volunteer Measurement Project.

Download the Manual

The Manual was officially published in August 2011 and is currently available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, and Montenegrin. All versions of the full text, including the survey module and annexes, are available for free download.

Implementation results and resources

A few countries have implemented the ILO Manual and have released data, along with a variety of resources gleaned from the implementation process. You can find the latest implementation results and resources here.

National volunteering data produced by governments

A few governments around the world conduct regular research on the voluntary sector, however, these data are not comparable between countries, and often over time, because each of these surveys utilizes a different methodology, sampling size, and definition of volunteering. The data provided in the links below does, however, afford us valuable snapshots of some portion of the volunteer work happening in each country at a particular time.