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Thie ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, drafted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS) in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and an international Technical Experts Group, represents the first internationally sanctioned approach for gathering official data on the amount, character, and contribution of volunteering. This approach will generate cross-nationally comparable data, including the number of volunteers, and has been specifically designed to be cost-effective, efficient, reliable, and feasible in a wide variety of countries.
The ILO Manual has been carefully designed to be:
Comparable. The ILO Manual provides a common approach to data collection, definitions, key concepts, classification, and variables that will allow comparison between counties and over time.
Feasible. The Manual is designed and tested to be workable in the widest possible range of countries, minimally burdensome to implement, and sensitive to cultural traditions and language differences.
Cost-effective. The Manual utilizes existing household surveys, thereby reducing costs and taking advantage of existing classification systems and structures.
Efficient. The ILO Manual is designed to maximize the information gathered using the minimum number of questions.
Reliable. All aspects of the Manual are based on extensive input from an international Technical Experts Group, and careful field testing of key terms and design decisions.