A new review by IVR (PDF, 600KB) brings together existing evidence on the outcomes of youth volunteering, social action and leadership and on the metrics which can be used to measure them.
Tuesday 17 March 2015
In recent years the political, economic and social climate in which volunteering by older adults occurs has changed significantly, with the onset of an economic downturn, concern about pensions, a change in the public policy context for volunteering following a change of government, and the abolition of default retirement age. The notion of ‘un-retirement’ is being used to capture the new reality of older people.
In 2012, IVR, working with Generation Change, the Young Foundation and the Cabinet Office contributed to the Decade of Social Action Review and produced a scoping document for a quality framework that could underpin quality in youth social action. To support the first anniversary of the #iwill campaign, Generation Change issued a call for information on how organisations apply the six quality principles of youth social action to their own programmes.
In addition to this, they reviewed programme literature from their member organisations – including handbooks, training manuals, evaluations and commissioning practices – to gain a deeper understanding of what ‘quality’ means in the youth social action sector. IVR’s Nick Ockenden has contributed to their new report, ‘Raising the Quality of Youth Social Action: Applying 6 quality principles’, sets out guidance on how to apply the quality principles effectively.
In 2013 eight Volunteer Centres were awarded with coaching and funding of up to £50,000 through the Cabinet Office Innovation in Giving Fund, for the period April to December 2013. The funding supported them to develop and grow innovations in their work over the course of a year, aiming to support them to develop and test new approaches to increasing volunteering; and for the centres to work in new ways. Working with Nesta, who managed the Cabinet Office fund, the Institute for Volunteering
Research followed the Volunteer Centres during this period to record their experiences and learn from their good practice – this report presents the finding and learning.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00
NCVO, VSSN and IVR hosted the annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference in Sheffield over 10-11 September 2014. Over two days, more than 120 people discussed the latest research in the sector, and what this means for policy and practice.
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