Research Digest

  • 18 Sep

    Research Digest

    Engaging Youth Volunteers - Toolkit and Experiences (UK)

    A Toolkit and Appendix which outline issues and activities to consider in engaging youth volunteers and a brief outline of recommendations following experience with running volunteer programs in health and aged care, and community projects, in London. Many of the points raised are applicable to any youth volunteering program, or volunteering programs in general.

  • 18 Sep

    Research Digest

    Recognising Volunteering in 2017 - Defining volunteering to match community usage (CA)

    This Study by Volunteer Canada and IPSOS, aims to learn more about changing views on what constitutes volunteering. It surveyed 1,200 Canadians and reviewed approaches to defining 'volunteering' around the world. It suggests that reported declines in voluntering may be an outcome of the public only reporting formal volunteering rather than informal 'helping'. It highlights a disconnect between what people consider 'volunteering' and what they actually do to help. It concludes that a broader definition of volunteering is required.

  • 18 Sep

    Research Digest

    The 2017 Millennial Impact Report - Millennials are redefining activism and cause (US)

    A 2017 US study showed millennials (born 1980-2000) are changing their interpretation of long accepted terms such as: activist, cause, social issue and ideology. They are being driven by far reaching social issues for the greater good. This is useful information for organisations attempting to mobilise this demographic.

  • 18 Sep

    Research Digest

    Volunteers Matter: Communicating their contribution and impact (AU)

    Based on a recent study by a Queensland University of Technology researcher, this article explores perceptions, barriers to and range of practices for reporting the value of volunteer contributions. It suggests, despite the widely acknowledged critical role volunteers play in the sustainability of many NFP organisations, reporting of their value remains largely over looked. It recommends the development of a good practice model for reporting on the value of volunteer contributions.

  • 18 Sep

    Research Digest

    Future Scenarios for the Charity Sector in 2045 (UK/AU/NZ)

    This paper identifies current drivers for the charity sector before undertaking a scenario planning exercise to identify four possible scenarios in 2045. It provides valuable insights into the challenges and choices facing charities and a useful framework for any organisation considering its future strategic direction. Many of the changes can be seen already.

  • 18 Sep

    Research Digest

    Third Sector Review - Special Issue (AU)

    Building on discussions by researchers at the National Volunteering Conference (2016), this Special Issue is a collaboration between Volunteering Australia and Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research Inc (ANZTSR). It brings together a bumper collection of 11 peer reviewed papers covering a wide range of topics. You may want to take your time to read these. These reflect the diversity of volunteering in our community, the role and value of research into volunteering issues and the challenges for volunteering research and researchers.

  • 01 Mar

    Research Digest

    Volunteer Management Progress Report [USA] 2016

    This is the report of a late 2015 survey of mainly USA managers of volunteers with data on the survey respondents, their major challenges, professional development needs, job roles, responsibilities, salaries, satisfaction with their role, and intent to stay in the role.

  • 01 Mar

    Research Digest

    The positive impact of volunteering on health

    Three papers showing the positive impact of volunteering for older people. [Japan, USA, and UK] (2016)

  • 01 Mar

    Research Digest

    The Management of Volunteers in the National Trust [UK] (2016)

    What does it mean to manage volunteers at two medium sized National Trust houses in the UK? This study explores the views of managers and volunteers and identified five themes of management with recommendations for future action.

  • 01 Mar

    Research Digest

    Matching expectations for successful university student volunteering (2017)

    This paper identifies the importance of expectation formation and matching for hosts and students, and highlights the role of universities in facilitating matchmaking.