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Research on Volunteerism

[Also see the various extensive bibliographies available, and sites that provide statistics on volunteering.] and Books on this topic (including "Research to Practice" articles in e-Volunteerism)

Articles, book excerpts, and full PDF reports on this subject

  • 2009 Volunteering in South Australia Report - In 2003, the South Australia Government co-signed a compact with the SA volunteering community. Each year since then,  the SA Minister for Volunteers releases a report based on the commitment made in the compact and measuring the success of volunteering in that state against the SA government’s Strategic Plan. This is the 2009 report.

Web sites with useful articles on this subject

Civil Society section of Citizendium
Civil society is the "arena of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values."  This new wiki (2007) is being compiled by academic Roger A. Lohmann.

Corporation for National and Community Service Research and Policy Reports
Various reports and studies on volunteering in the US, especially on youth service and AmeriCorps.

The European Civil Society Student Corner
Site created to make civil society and third sector research easily available to PhD candidates and other students in Europe.

Growing to Greatness (G2G): The State of Service-Learning Project
Long-time advocate for service-learning, the National Youth Leadership Council has produced several detailed evaluation studies of the impact of student service, available as free downloads or for purchase in print.

Institute for Volunteering Research
Internationally-recognized, London-based leader in research truly focused on volunteers.  See especially their Research Bulletins.

The Leir Institute Volunteer Management Library
This library in Israel run by the organization Yad Sarah comprises over 2,000 items in print and online that relate to volunteer management, most in English.  They have started posting academic articles on volunteerism to CiteULike, linked here.

National Council on Citizenship

Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, NCoC tracks, measures and promotes civic participation and engagement in partnership with other organizations, focusing on ways to enhance history and civics education, encourage national and community service, and promote greater participation in the political process.  Site offers many reports relevant to volunteerism, including the annual Civic Health Index that measures a wide variety of civic indicators.

This UK consulting and research firm provides free -- and well-written -- reports on many aspects of trends in nonprofit management, online charity outreach, and volunteering.  You must register your e-mail address to download PDFs.

Nonprofits Canada
Site with research findings and reports on the voluntary sector in Canada, with many items on volunteering.

Special Collection on Volunteerism
Regis University in Denver, Colorado has been amassing one of the field's largest online depositories " to collect, preserve,  promote and encourage research and study in the field of volunteerism."  Includes the Ivan Scheier Archive.

Summa de Voluntades (Spanish Bibliography) Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=245
En esta bibliografa sucinta irn apareciendo peridicamente las ms recientes publicaciones sobre voluntariado social en lengua espaola. Regularmente sealaremos, dentro de esa bibliografa, el libro de actualidad: un trabajo que, por razones diversas, pueda considerarse como el ms representativo del perodo que cubre la bibliografa y a la que dedicaremos una pequea resea.

Volunteer Now (formerly Volunteer Development Agency - Northern Ireland)
Reasearch studies and reports developed in Northern Ireland, available for free download as PDFs.

Volunteering in America
New (2008) interactive site from the Corporation for National and Community Service, offering six years of data on volunteering, rankings of states and cities, and volunteer trends and demographic information for every state and 162 large and mid-sized cities.

Volunteers and Volunteering Research Collection
Resources developed from projects funded by the Canada Volunteerism Initiative's Knowledge Development Centre (2002 - 2007) and the International Year of Volunteers Research Program (2001 - 2002).  Site provided by Imagine Canada.

World Volunteer Web -- International Research Studies
Extensive -- and intriguing -- list of studies on volunteerism in dozens of countries around the world, compiled by this site run through United Nations Volunteers.

Youth Civic Engagement Index Report analyzes a comprehensive survey of Americans' civic and political behavior from voting to volunteering, chronicles the differences between the generations, and takes the most in-depth look to date at the civic perspective and behavior of "Generation DotNet" (ages 15-25).

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