Volunteer Measurement Implementation Results & Resources

This page offers the first findings and country experiences from the implementation of the ILO Manual. We will continue to update this page with additional information and resources as they become available.


The Hungarian Central Statistical Office added a volunteer supplement to their labour force survey in the third quarter of 2011. Hungary did not use a four-week reference period, as recommended in the ILO Manual, and instead asked respondents to identify the number of days they volunteered and the average number of minutes per day over a 12 month period.


volunteering italy The Italian National Institute of Statistics inserted the module on volunteer work into its yearly “Aspects of Everyday Life” social survey, beginning in March 2013. As part of this survey, 20,000 households, or approximately 54,000 individuals, are be interviewed in person. The ISTAT module was developed in partnership with CSVnet and the Fondazione Volontariato e Partecipazione in the project called MESV (Project for Measuring the Economic and Social Value of Volunteering), and CSV reference staff have been trained to support regional ISTAT offices in the training of interviewers and for coding of activities and organisations.


The Polish Central Statistical Office developed their volunteer survey during the early phases of the ILO Manual development. As a consequence, the structure of the initial Polish survey does not conform to the current structure recommended by the ILO Manual, though the results are still comparable. Initial results were released in December 2011. Final results were releases in Februray 2012.


volunteering portugalAs part of Statistics Portugal’s development of the satellite account on the social economy, a pilot Survey on Volunteer Work, developed based on the principles outlined in the ILO Manual, was conducted as an annex to the Labour Force Survey in the 3rd quarter of 2012. However, due to space and cost limitations it was not possible to include all of the questions encouraged by the Manual. Despite its limitations, the survey gathered key variables for characterizing volunteer work in Portugal, namely: number of volunteers, their sociodemographic characteristics, the institutional context of the volunteer work, the task type and number of hours spent volunteering.