Making It Matter: The Impact of Volunteering on Social Inclusion Research Report

Measuring and communicating the effects of the impact of civil society is an important topic among civil society organisations and academics.

This Focus Research Report was developed as one of the intellectual outputs of the “Making it Matter” project. The main objective of the Focus Research Report is to give an overview of existing EU and national policies and practices that support the inclusion of disadvantaged youth through volunteering.


Impact measurement tool manual

This manual is designed as a simple tool for the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of volunteering on social inclusion. It is evidence-based, linking volunteer experience and its benefits with the impact on overall people’s well-being. The manual was developed by merging the specific knowledge and experience in developing and supporting volunteering of partners, in order to create a transnational tool that is applicable for volunteer involving organisations and volunteers.

Policy Paper

In the long term, this project contributes to the improvement of social and organisational capacities for the development of high quality, innovative and community-oriented services that support the empowerment and inclusion of young people at risk of social exclusion through volunteering.

In this project Volunteer Ireland partnered with Belgium (Centre for European Volunteering), Croatia (Volunteer Centre Osijek / D Kolektiv), Denmark (Frivilligcentre & Selvhjælp Danmark), Germany (Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement) & Slovenia (Slovenska filantropija).