Research Digest

  • 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.

  • 01 Mar

    Research Digest

    Evaluating the volunteer infrastructure legacy of the Olympic Games: London 2012 and Sydney 2000 (2016)

    This is the report of a project funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) advanced research grant programme. The project examines how Olympic volunteer programmes can lead to post-Games volunteer legacies for host cities through engagement with the established volunteer infrastructure in host cities before, during and after the events

  • 01 Mar

    Research Digest

    Are corporate volunteers' self-reported skill improvements real?

    This study compared self-reported skill improvements with before- and after-volunteering managerial assessments in the workplace. Four work-related skills showed real improvements while these results were independent of any demographic or employment criteria.

  • 05 Sep

    Research Digest

    Giving and Volunteering in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Indigenous Communities (2016)

    This important report identifies issues around volunteering in Australian culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities, with clear messages for organisations wishing to improve activity with these communities.

  • 01 Sep

    Research Digest

    Developing Generation-Based Volunteer Management Practices (2016)

    This thesis researched recruitment, retention, and management practices satisfaction from a small group of volunteers from a perspective of generational differences. It presents some generation-specific practices which could be used by managers of volunteers for recruitment, recognition, and retention.