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evmp http://evmp.eu Creating a lasting legacy for the 2011 European Year of Volunteering. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:20:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New data on volunteering in Italy http://evmp.eu/2014/08/05/new-data-italy-volunteering/ http://evmp.eu/2014/08/05/new-data-italy-volunteering/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:20:03 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1558
 
Italy is the latest country to implement the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, allowing the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) to collect national-level data on the amount and character of volunteering in Italy.
 
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Italy is the latest country to implement the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, allowing the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) to collect national-level data on the amount and character of volunteering in Italy.
 
The survey found that 12.6 percent of the population, or about 1 in 8 Italians, engage in volunteering. Moreover, these data allow us to see how Italians volunteer in more detail – about 4.4 million volunteered through a group or organization, while about 3 million volunteered directly for other people. This exceeds the total 6.63 million individuals reporting volunteer work in the time frame covered by the survey, showing that many volunteers work both directly and indirectly. The survey also revealed rich data on the distribution of volunteers across fields and the demographics (including age, educations attainment, level of employment, and geographic distribution) of Italian volunteers.
 
This survey on voluntary work is the result of an agreement between Istat, the National Coordination of Volunteer Support Centres (CSVnet), and the Volontariato e Partecipazione Foundation. The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies provided some technical guidance on ILO Manual concepts and methodologies.
 
Click here to read the full press release.
 
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Two important volunteering policy developments http://evmp.eu/2014/03/06/two-important-volunteering-policy-developments/ http://evmp.eu/2014/03/06/two-important-volunteering-policy-developments/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:00:38 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1500

by Megan Haddock, Johns Hopkins University

In recent months, there have been two important developments in volunteering policy that will impact the ongoing efforts to highlight volunteer labour in Europe and around the world.
 
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by Megan Haddock, Johns Hopkins University

In recent months, there have been two important developments in volunteering policy that will impact the ongoing efforts to highlight volunteer labour in Europe and around the world.
 
First, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has officially adopted volunteering as a form of “work” that should be measured along with the other measures of employment regularly produced by national statistical agencies. Second, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has issued an opinion on statistical tools for measuring volunteering, and strongly recommends countries follow the standards set forth in the International Labour Organization Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work for doing so.
 

The ILO Resolution
The International Labour Organization’s International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) meets once every five years in Geneva to consider possible updates to the framework of international standards that most countries follow for measuring labour.
 
In its most recent meeting, the 19th ICLS adopted a resolution identifying volunteering as a form of unpaid “work,” – an unpaid activity that produces a good or a service for organizations or persons outside of the household on a non-compulsory basis.
 
The resolution identifies this type of activity as distinct from “own-use production work” (defined as goods and services people produce for their own final use); “employment work” (defined as work performed for others in exchange for pay or profit); “unpaid trainee work” (defined as work, such as apprenticeships, which is performed for others without pay to acquire workplace experience or skills); and “other work activities” (not defined in this resolution).
 
The term “work” does not imply that the activity is paid or that it is absent of its voluntary and altruistic nature. Rather, including volunteering as a subset of work means that the tangible and invaluable contributions volunteering makes to individuals and society are being recognized as a force that should be tracked and measured so that it can be better supported and fostered.
 

The EESC Opinion
In another development, the European Economic and Social Committee has issued an opinion on statistical tools for measuring volunteering. The opinion calls on the European Commission to first, put in place the conditions necessary to work on a standardised methodology for research into volunteer work; and second, to ensure its adoption via an appropriate regulation for the purpose of regular research conducted by the Member States.
 
In so doing, the opinion encourages making use of the main principles of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, and taking into account the experiences of countries which have already undertaken research using the solutions described in the Manual. Though non-binding, this opinion clearly lays out the rationale for a common methodology among EU member states for measuring volunteering, and the importance of using the standards set out in the ILO Manual for doing so.
 
The EESC opinion also calls for the introduction of “legal measures binding at the EU and Member States level which would enable the non-profit sector to co-finance public grants with the economic value of volunteer work estimated on the basis of solid statistical data produced with the statistical tools developed in accordance with this opinion.” Indeed, at least one EU institution has already followed suit: At its meeting in December 2013, the Programming Committee on Youth of the Council of Europe agreed on a method to recognise the time given by volunteers to youth activities supported by the European Youth Foundation, making it the first European structure to do so.
 

Conclusion
These developments present an important opportunity to move the effort we are making through the EVMP forward on a wide scale. The resolution passed by the ICLS opens the door to making the gathering and reporting of basic data on volunteering standard internationally. And, by highlighting the ILO Manual in their opinion, the EESC has not only validated its methodology, but has paved the way to Europe-wide adoption, which can in turn lead to a series of valuable comparisons among countries that can help surface the most effective efforts being made to support the volunteering infrastructure in Europe.
 

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The measurement of voluntary work: Always in the spotlight! http://evmp.eu/2013/06/24/the-measurement-of-voluntary-work-always-in-the-spotlight/ http://evmp.eu/2013/06/24/the-measurement-of-voluntary-work-always-in-the-spotlight/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:57:24 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1451  
Institutions and the not-for-profit sector keep working on the issue of the measurement of voluntary work. To this end, on June 15th the Province of Treviso together with the Provincial Liaison Body on Volunteering organised a Conference on the economic valorisation of voluntary work, at the headquarters of the Province.
 
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Institutions and the not-for-profit sector keep working on the issue of the measurement of voluntary work. To this end, on June 15th the Province of Treviso together with the Provincial Liaison Body on Volunteering organised a Conference on the economic valorisation of voluntary work, at the headquarters of the Province.
 
The conference was opened by the President of the Province of Treviso, Leonardo Muraro, the councilor for social policies of the Province of Treviso, Paolo Speranzon. Renzo Razzano, Vice-President of CEV – European Volunteer Centre and Tania Cappadozzi, in charge of the MESV (Measurement of the Economic and Social Value of Voluntary Work) at the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) also participated in the programme.
 
In addition, the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work has been published on the website of the national coordination body of the Management Committees of the special funds for volunteering, the Consulta Nazionale of Co.GE.
 
Click here to download the conference flyer (pdf).

 

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The results are in: Statistics Portugal’s Survey on Volunteer Work for 2012 http://evmp.eu/2013/05/03/the-results-are-in-statistics-portugals-survey-on-volunteer-work-for-2012/ http://evmp.eu/2013/05/03/the-results-are-in-statistics-portugals-survey-on-volunteer-work-for-2012/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 18:36:56 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1436
 
More than one in 10 adults in Portugal gives their time to volunteer activities,
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More than one in 10 adults in Portugal gives their time to volunteer activities,
Statistics Portugal reports
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The volunteer rate of people that participated in a volunteer activity either through an organization or directly for other individuals is estimated to be 11.5% of residents aged 15 or older—about 1,040,000 people. This represents the equivalent of approximately 4% of the total hours worked in Portugal, or about 1% of GDP.
 
51.6% of these individuals participated in a volunteer activity through an organization, of which about 90% were social economy organizations. This corresponds to about 40% of the total hours worked in this kind of organization, which means that volunteer work represents a very substantial resource for the sustainability of the Portuguese social economy.
 
These data were gathered via a pilot Survey on Volunteer Work 2012. This pilot survey was conducted as an annex to the Labour Force Survey on the 3rd quarter of 2012 as part of Statistics Portugal’s development of the satellite account on the social economy, and was developed based on the principles outlined in the ILO Manual on Measurement of Volunteer Work. However due to space and cost limitations it was not possible to include all of the questions encouraged by the Manual. Because important prompts were not included, it is likely that they survey underrepresents the number of volunteers in Portugal.
 
Despite its limitations, the survey gathered key variables for characterizing volunteer work in Portugal, namely: number of volunteers, their sociodemographic characteristics, the institutional context of the volunteer work, the task type and number of hours spent volunteering.
 
The publication of these data is also important because it represents the outcome of a cooperative effort between statistics officials and the volunteer community in Portugal. The Portuguese Confederation of Volunteering (CPV) has set up a working group to pursue the measurement of volunteering in Portugal as part of the European Volunteer Measurement Project. This working group is composed of representatives of civil society, such as CPV, Eugénio de Almeida Foundation and CNE–Catholic Scouts, the Catholic University–Porto, and the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (partners of CPV), as well as State agencies, including Statistics Portugal, the National Council for the Promotion of Volunteering, and the Studies and Planning Office/Ministry of Solidarity. A draft of the work plan is under review and will be presented to all members of the working group in early June.
 
Learn more about this important pilot study and to explore the data in more detail, see the links below.
 
Portuguese: Data | Press release | Publication
 
English: Data | Press release
 
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Mesv: il progetto entra nel vivo! http://evmp.eu/2013/04/15/mesv-il-progetto-entra-nel-vivo/ http://evmp.eu/2013/04/15/mesv-il-progetto-entra-nel-vivo/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:18:13 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1423 English version
 

Circolare n. 6 del 28 marzo 2013
 
Da pochi giorni Istat ha avviato le interviste per la rilevazione “Aspetti della Vita Quotidiana 2013″ che interesserà 24 mila famiglie di tutto il territorio nazionale. Come sapete, nell’ambito dell’indagine, s’inserisce il progetto [...]]]>
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Circolare n. 6 del 28 marzo 2013
 
Da pochi giorni Istat ha avviato le interviste per la rilevazione “Aspetti della Vita Quotidiana 2013″ che interesserà 24 mila famiglie di tutto il territorio nazionale. Come sapete, nell’ambito dell’indagine, s’inserisce il progetto Mesv (Misurazione del valore economico e sociale del lavoro volontario); infatti grazie all’accordo siglato fra Istat, CSVnet e Fondazione Volontariato e Partecipazione, la rete dei CSV ha offerto il proprio prezioso contributo in merito al nuovo modulo dell’indagine dedicato al volontariato dal titolo “Attività gratuite”, che consentirà di calcolare le attività gratuite svolte dai cittadini e misurare il valore economico e l’impatto sociale delle attività di volontariato in Italia.
 
Risultati molto positivi ha avuto la formazione congiunta dei referenti dei CSV e responsabili Istat regionali sul nuovo modulo, avvenuta nel mese di febbraio a Roma.
CSVnet e i referenti dei CSV hanno costituito un solido punto di riferimento in tutte le regioni per i responsabili dell’indagine Istat; CSVnet ha predisposto dei materiali aggiuntivi per la formazione dei rilevatori e a supporto del lavoro sul campo; ha inoltre attivato un partecipato e competente ambiente intranet (Spazio FAD) con cui tenersi aggiornati sull’andamento dei lavori, condividere e affinare le risposte standard sulle classificazioni, sciogliere i dubbi sui contenuti e condividere materiali ed esperienze.
 
La disponibilità e la competenza dei referenti CSV sono stati molto apprezzati dai responsabili Istat.
Infatti, in più della metà delle regioni, i referenti CSV hanno realizzato direttamente la formazione negli incontri provinciali dei rilevatori sul modulo dedicato al volontariato.
 
Questa positiva collaborazione attesta il sistema CSV come un interlocutore di livello nazionale competente e capace. Ringraziamo pertanto i referenti per la grande competenza e passione dimostrata e i CSV per l’impegno dedicato al progetto.
 
Continua a seguire gli sviluppi del progetto Mesv sul sito di CSVnet.
 
 

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MESV – The project comes alive! http://evmp.eu/2013/04/15/mesv-the-project-comes-alive/ http://evmp.eu/2013/04/15/mesv-the-project-comes-alive/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:02:31 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1415  
Circular n.6 of 28 March 2013
 
The Italian National Statistics Institute (ISTAT) has begun conducting interviews for the “2013 Daily Life Aspects” survey, involving 24,000 families across the Italy. The Measuring Economic and Social Value of Volunteer work (MESV) project is inserted within this [...]]]>
 
Circular n.6 of 28 March 2013
 
The Italian National Statistics Institute (ISTAT) has begun conducting interviews for the “2013 Daily Life Aspects” survey, involving 24,000 families across the Italy. The Measuring Economic and Social Value of Volunteer work (MESV) project is inserted within this survey; thanks to the agreement signed between ISTAT, CSVnet and the Volunteering and Participation Foundation, the Volunteer Support Centres (VSC) network offered its invaluable contribution to the new survey module devoted to volunteering, called “Unpaid Activities.” This module will allow us to measure unpaid activities carried out by the population and the economic value and social impact of voluntary activities in Italy.
 
The joint training sessions for VSC liaison staff and INSTAT regional officers working on the new module, held in February in Rome, achieved very positive outcomes.
 
CSVnet and VSC staff constituted a solid reference point in all of the regions for the INSTAT officers in charge of the survey. CSVnet prepared the additional materials for training interviewers and in support of the field work; moreover, it activated a participatory and competent Intranet environment (distance learning site) to stay up-to-date with the work in progress, share and fine-tune standard answers on classifications, unravel doubts on contents, and share materials and experiences.
 
The approachability and competence of VSC staff was very much appreciated by INSTAT officers. In over half of the regions, VSC staff directly trained interviewers in sessions held at the provincial level on the survey module on volunteering. This positive collaboration proves the VSC system as a competent and capable partner at national level.
 
Therefore we wish to thank staff for the great competence and passion shown and VSCs for the dedication to the project.
 
Keep following the MESV project developments on CSVnet website.
 
 
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Technical workshop on volunteer measurement | 21 Februrary 2013 http://evmp.eu/2013/03/12/technical-workshop-on-volunteer-measurement/ http://evmp.eu/2013/03/12/technical-workshop-on-volunteer-measurement/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:26:39 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1396
On 21 February 2013, CEV and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted, in Brussels, Belgium a technical workshop on volunteer measurement. The objective of the event was to gather input for a European Parliament pilot project proposal for the systematic collection of comparable data on volunteering across Europe.
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On 21 February 2013, CEV and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted, in Brussels, Belgium a technical workshop on volunteer measurement. The objective of the event was to gather input for a European Parliament pilot project proposal for the systematic collection of comparable data on volunteering across Europe.
 
Various European Union policy documents stress the need to gather comparable data on the amount, character and role of volunteering and recommend the use of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work for this purpose. The workshop aimed to help translate these policy recommendations into action at the EU Member State level. The meeting gathered national statistics experts from EU countries as well as European stakeholders, and facilitated the discussion and planning of technical aspects for the implementation of a volunteering module in national statistics, as part of a European Parliament pilot project.
 
This initiative is part of an on-going advocacy campaign supported through the Network of European Foundations by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the King Baudouin Foundation.
 
 

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EVMP partners present a paper at the 10th ISTR Conference | Siena, Italy | 11 July 2012 http://evmp.eu/2012/08/10/evmp-partners-present-a-paper-at-the-10th-istr-conference-siena-italy-11-july-2012/ http://evmp.eu/2012/08/10/evmp-partners-present-a-paper-at-the-10th-istr-conference-siena-italy-11-july-2012/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:41:45 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1346

EVMP partners presented a paper at the 10th edition of the biennial International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Conference, which took place in Siena, Italy, from 10-13 July 2012. The paper “Institutionalising the measurement of volunteering: Insights from the European Volunteer Measurement Project,” (English and

EVMP partners presented a paper at the 10th edition of the biennial International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Conference, which took place in Siena, Italy, from 10-13 July 2012. The paper “Institutionalising the measurement of volunteering: Insights from the European Volunteer Measurement Project,” (English and Italian) by Daniela Bosioc of CEV, Lester M. Salamon of CCSS, and Ksenija Fonovic of SPES, addresses “the breakthrough that has recently been made in developing an approach for generating systematic data on at least the scope and scale of volunteering in countries around the world” with the adoption of the ILO Manual for the Measurement of Volunteer Work, the progress that has been made in to encourage the adoption of this Manual in Europe through our European Volunteer Measurement Project, and identifies the next steps needed to fulfil the promise that this Manual presents for scholars and volunteer promotion organizations in Europe and elsewhere.
 
What emerges most clearly from the discussion in the paper are three central conclusions:

  • First, despite the methodological and policy challenges to doing so, the initial implementations of the Manual confirm that it is possible to make reasonable quantitative estimates of the scale and nature of volunteer work and the characteristics of volunteers in a region as diverse as Europe in a way that is both comparable internationally and respectful of different national conceptions and patterns.
  • Second, the ILO Manual has struck a reasonable balance among the competing conceptions of how and what to measure initially about volunteering and has consequently won important support among researchers, the volunteer community, and statisticians in Europe.
  • Third, important work is still needed to secure the institutional endorsement of Eurostat and governments Europe-wide to ensure full implementation of the capability to generate reliable, cross-national data on volunteer work in Europe as well as other parts of the world.

The paper was presented within a panel moderated by the Institute for Development Studies on “Methodologies for Valuing Volunteering—How to understand the impact of volunteering.” The panel also included the papers “Valuing Volunteering: Using systemic action research to assess the impact of volunteering on poverty,” presented by VSO International, and “Evaluation of the UK’s International Citizens’ Service: critical methodological reflections from the Mid Term Review stage,” presented by the Institute for Volunteering Research.

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Phase 1 Wrap-up Conference: ILO Manual Implementers Discuss the State of the Art | Rome | 19 April 2012 http://evmp.eu/2012/06/26/phase-1-wrap-up-conference-2/ http://evmp.eu/2012/06/26/phase-1-wrap-up-conference-2/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:09:03 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1287
 
Representatives of 6 European national statistical institutes and EVMP partners discussed progress in measuring volunteering through the implementation of the ILO Manual at a Technical Workshop in Rome on 19 April 2012. The workshop took place within the framework of the EVMP Phase 1 Wrap-up Conference entitled “Value and [...]]]>

 
Representatives of 6 European national statistical institutes and EVMP partners discussed progress in measuring volunteering through the implementation of the ILO Manual at a Technical Workshop in Rome on 19 April 2012. The workshop took place within the framework of the EVMP Phase 1 Wrap-up Conference entitled “Value and Role of Volunteering: Presentation of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work.”
 
Representatives from Italy, Poland, Hungary, Montenegro, Portugal, and Germany shared lessons learned to date, addressed the challenges of translating the Manual standards into the local cultural context, and pinpointed some initial comparative opportunities in a stimulating process of peer-learning. All participants showed great interest and availability to continue and further this work within a developing EVMP platform to ensure that they can remain engaged as a group, share resource materials, and collaborate in planning for the promotion and dissemination of data with EVMP partners.
 
The participants also agreed that it is necessary for Eurostat and national governments to clearly endorse and support a common, obligatory, and sustainable European statistical instrument for the measurement of voluntary work. Statisticians and EVMP partners agreed to keep in contact, share relevant information on www.evmp.eu and devise new collaborative initiatives to further volunteer measurement and comparative work.
 
National representatives each offered an overview of developments in their country:
 

ITALY
ISTAT’s reference expert for the volunteering module, Tania Cappadozzi, focused on the process leading to the preparation of the draft questionnaire (read her speech and view her presentation). As a model of statistics agency-civil society cooperation, Ms. Cappadozzi emphasized ISTAT’s collaboration with the Italian National Coordination of Voluntary Support Centres (CSVnet), which will be training interviewers, helping with classification activities, and collaborating in preparing and disseminating the results.
 


 
POLAND
Pioneering EVMP statistical expert, Slawomir Nalecz of the Central Statistics Office of Poland and the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, with great generosity and competence offered his input to colleagues preparing for their first implementation. As noted in his presentation about lessons learned from the Polish implementation experience, Mr. Nalecz attaches great importance to both the thorough preparation of interviewers and the careful adaptation of the module questions to the cultural background and cognitive abilities of the target population. It was also anticipated that the volunteering module results will contribute to the realization of non-profit sector satellite account and to new social capital analyses.
 

HUNGARY
The Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO) inserted the ILO Manual as an “ad hoc” module in the third quarter of its 2011 Labour Force Survey, thus becoming the second EU country to complete the implementation of the standard volunteering module. In her presentation, HCSO Deputy Head of the Labour Market and Education Statistics Department, Elizabeth Lindner, previewed the very first results of the work led by the HCSO colleague Rita Varadi, and contributed an analysis of the process and all documentation.
 

MONTENEGRO
Monstat‘s decision to implement the ILO Manual was made largely as a result of the encouragement and support of EVMP National Focal Point ADP-Zid, which translated the Manual into Montenegrin and hosted a regional Technical Workshop in Podgorica in January 2012, in collaboration with Monstat.
 
Monstat’s volunteering module reference person, Ivana Tanjevi?, reported that Monstat plans to implement the module in their 2013 Labour Force Survey, but requested technical guidance in the preparation of the questionnaire and the analysis of results. Setting an example for other countries, she relies on the contribution of the voluntary sector to assist with training and dissemination.
 

PORTUGAL
The Portuguese National Institute for Statistics (INE), which has just published the results of its nonprofit satellite account, was represented by Ana Cristina Ramos, Head of the Unit for Satellite Accounts and Quality Assessment of the National Accounts. INE, which has committed to implementation in 2013, is relying on the EVMP platform in order to continue to exchange experiences with other countries, and on collaboration with the voluntary sector. The development of data on volunteering will usefully complement future efforts to update its satellite account.
 

GERMANY:
As one of few EU countries that already has in place a good national survey of volunteering (which is, as of 2012 managed by DZA, the German Centre of Gerontology) Germany was welcomed with particular interest to the workshop. DZA Representative Julia Simonson, Vice-coordinator of the volunteering survey (Freiwilligensurvey-FWS), inquired into a series of technical aspects – such as reference period and fields of activity – in order to study and test the best possible options for rendering the German survey results comparable with the ILO Manual standards, without losing the historical FWS series data.
 

Detailed reports and a comprehensive set of country resources is available here.
 
 

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Phase 1 Wrap-up Conference: ISTAT announces implementation in 2013 | Rome | 19 April 2012 http://evmp.eu/2012/06/26/phase-wrap-up-conference-1/ http://evmp.eu/2012/06/26/phase-wrap-up-conference-1/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:07:07 +0000 http://evmp.eu/?p=1259
 
Over 100 people participated in the EVMP Phase 1 Wrap-up Conference held in Rome on 19 April 2012. The conference gave EVMP partners the opportunity to thank the funders and report on the Project’s progress in completing, disseminating, and encouraging adoption of the ILO Manual in Europe. The event, [...]]]>

 
Over 100 people participated in the EVMP Phase 1 Wrap-up Conference held in Rome on 19 April 2012. The conference gave EVMP partners the opportunity to thank the funders and report on the Project’s progress in completing, disseminating, and encouraging adoption of the ILO Manual in Europe. The event, titled “The value and role of volunteering: Presentation of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work,” convened in the prestigious conference hall of the Italian National Council of Economy and Labour (CNEL), was organized by EVMP partner SPES in collaboration with the funding partners ACRI, Forum del Terzo Settore, CONVOL, Consulta dei Comitati di Gestione, Consulta del Volontariato presso il Forum del Terzo Settore, and the Italian National Coordination of Voluntary Support Centres (CSVnet).
 

 
Lester M. Salamon, Director of EVMP partner CCSS presented an overview of the Manual and reported on EVMP progress to date to the participants, who were primarily representatives of Italian civil society networks. In his remarks Professor Salamon emphasized the importance of generating reliable, comparative data as the very basis to support and promote volunteering and its networks.
 
Gian Paolo Gualaccini, coordinator of the CNEL Observatory on Social Economy, which produced one of the first Italian efforts to shed light on the economic scale of organization-based volunteering, moderated a roundtable on the economic valuation of voluntary work in the non-profit sector. During the roundtable, pivotal civil society leaders including CNEL President Antonio Marzano, Forum del Terzo Settore Spokesperson Andrea Olivero and ACRI President Giuseppe Guzzetti discussed their views on measuring the social and economic impact of volunteering, and showed appreciation for the EVMP results.
 
Professor Leonardo Becchetti, an economist well known for his work on measuring happiness, then shared a stimulating speech on how different aspects of measurement can all contribute to the valuation of social capital. (Download the speech in Italian or English.)
 
EVMP partner CEV, was well represented by Director Gabriella Civico and Policy and Project Officer Daniela Bosioc, who stressed the importance of EYV2011 policy developments and explained how European networks and national level developments can usefully complement each other to further the cause of volunteer measurement.
 
ISTAT announces implementation. A crucial and exciting development was the announcement by Linda Laura Sabbadini, Director of the Italian National Institute of Statistics‘ (ISTAT) Department for Social and Environmental Statistics, that ISTAT has agreed to implement the ILO Manual in the upcoming 2013 ISTAT survey “Aspects of everyday life,” and to throw its support behind encouraging Eurostat to make the volunteering module mandatory on the European level. Sabbadini also expressed appreciation for the excellent collaborative relationship ISTAT has enjoyed with the volunteering sector and announced that agreements will be made for a joint management of the implementation process. One such point of collaboration was described by Riccardo Guidi, Director of the Fondazione Volontariato e Partecipazione, who presented the challenges of a small-scale test of the Italian ILO Manual module that was carried out among Italian voluntary organisations in collaboration with ISTAT.
 
In addition, representatives of statistical institutes from Poland, Hungary, Montenegro, Portugal, and Germany illustrated briefly the state of play in their countries, reporting on implementation efforts and progress. Our report on this technical workshop, including country report summaries, is available here.
 
 

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