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Research on Volunteering in Ireland


Employee Volunteering in Ireland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Volunteer Ireland, in collaboration with a research student from DCU, carried out research to gain a more detailed understanding of Employee Volunteering Programmes (EVP) in Ireland. A snap-shot of the prevalence of employee volunteering in Ireland, exploring the impact on businesses, and the factors that influence the expansion of employer-supported volunteering programmes. 


Lending a Hand, A Report on Young People and Volunteering in Ireland

National Youth Council of Ireland
NYCI commissioned qualitative research in 2011 to develop a clearer understanding of young people and their experience of and attitude toward volunteering. The research explores the ‘levers’ that may support participation as well as the obstacles and barriers that prevent young people from volunteering.


Assessment of Economic Impact of Sport in Ireland
Irish Sports Council
November 2010

This research was carried out by Indecon International Economic Consultants in association with the Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield-Hallam University for the Irish Sports Council. Included in the research is a useful section on the economic value of volunteering in Irish sport.​


2006 Irish Census

The Central Statistics Office included a question on volunteering in the 2006 census. The full report and findings are available on the CSO website.

Research on Youth Volunteering In Ireland
National Children’s Advisory Council
October 2006

This is the final report ‘Research on Youth Volunteering in Ireland’. This report was produced on behalf of the National Children’s Advisory Council. The research was guided by a Steering Group which included the Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council, and a sub-group of the National Children’s Advisory Council and representatives from the Office of the Minister for Children.


Tipping the Balance
Report of the National Committee on Volunteering
October 2002
The National Committee on Volunteering (NCV) was established in December 2000, following proposals in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness and the White Paper Supporting Voluntary Activity. In this report the Committee presents the results of its deliberations. The main report is in two parts. The first part contains the findings and reflections, informed by five pieces of commissioned research and a public consultation process and comprises eight chapters. The second part comprises the recommendations adopted by the National Committee on Volunteering.


White Paper on a Framework for Supporting Voluntary Activity and for Developing the Relationship between the State and the Community and Voluntary sector
Published by the Irish Government in 2000



Recent Volunteer Ireland Research

National Volunteer Engagement Survey 2013

Volunteer Ireland has carried out an annual Volunteer Engagement Survey since 2010. Through this annual survey, Volunteer Ireland aims to gather information regarding how organisations engage and manage volunteers.

Download summary of research findings

National Survey of Volunteers 2013

The research project report has been written on behalf of Volunteer Ireland in collaboration with the DCU Community Knowledge Exchange Programme by DCU student Gillian Burke. The report examines whether formal volunteering had positive effects on teenagers and young adults (aged 16-35) who registered to volunteer during 2012.

Download full report and appendices

Download summary of research findings


A Day in the Life: Event Volunteers

Mark Cummins volunteered at the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival during St. Patrick's Weekend 2017.The day began in earnest with the volunteers...

Posted Mar 21 by Amy Woods


Celebrating International Volunteer Day!

International Volunteer Day is a global day that takes place every year on 5th December. It gives us a chance to recognise, thank and...

Posted Nov 21 by Amy Woods
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