Rotary International is partnering with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies to capture an accurate picture of the amount, character, and value of volunteer work activities that Rotary either sponsors or organizes. At the core of this effort is the development of a representative survey of more than 10,000 Rotarians to document the scale, activities, demographic, and geographic profile of Rotarian volunteers worldwide. This effort will thus demonstrate, in concrete terms, the important impact Rotary International’s 1.2 million members have worldwide, improve the effectiveness of Rotary International’s support for its members, and will serve as a model for other organizations.
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies has been at the center of efforts to highlight the contributions volunteering makes to the world’s most pressing problems through improved measurements of the scale and value of this activity and brings considerable global experience and a worldwide reputation to the service of Rotary International. JHU/CCSS was the first to design and manage the assembly of data on the scope and value of volunteering in more than 45 countries. The methodology for this project was subsequently adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission and the International Labour Organization, the standard-setting organizations which all countries follow in generating measures of the economy and workforce.
Sample clubs will complete the JHU-Rotary Survey on Volunteer Work Activities in November. We look forward to sharing the results with Rotary members at the Convention in Hamburg in June 2019.
Megan Haddock served as International Research Projects Manager for the Comparative Nonprofit Sector, UN Handbook, and Volunteer Measurement Projects. She received her Masters in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins Institute of Policy Studies and her B.A. from Carleton College in International Relations and Political Science. She was a lead author of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work.