THE GLOBAL VOLUNTEER MEASUREMENT PROJECT
Collecting accurate, comparable data on volunteering is the best way to ensure effective and enabling policy and management on the regional, national, and global level, and to allow this crucial renewable resource to realize its full potential for social and environmental problem solving. However, in all but a handful of countries, the existing information on the extent and character of volunteering is anecdotal in nature. As a result, volunteering remains under-valued and its potentials under-realized. This is the problem which the International Labour Organization and the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies set out to solve with the development of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, which was officially published in March 2011.
Launched during the 10th anniversary of the 2001 UN Year of the Volunteer, (IYV+10) the Global Volunteer Measurement Project is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS), the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), and the International Volunteer Service Network (VOLiNTEER). The aim of this project is to disseminate this Manual and promote its implementation throughout Europe to provide better information and to help ensure effective management of volunteering and the development of a supportive policy environment. A sister project, the European Volunteer Measurement project (EVMP), has likewise been formed to coordinate these efforts in European countries.
We cannot do this alone. We need the help of volunteer promotion agencies, policy makers, and civil society organizations to bring this Manual to the attention of statistical authorities, to encourage them to implement it, to monitor the implementation process, and to help disseminate the resulting information. This site is meant to provide you with the information and tools you need to get involved and help us to get the ILO Manual implemented in your country. Please explore the pages linked below to learn more and to get involved!
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