RESEARCH

Although here has been little research into volunteering in Ireland, Volunteer Ireland aims to produce research into volunteering which informs both the Irish public and our own work. A number of research projects into various aspects of volunteering have also been conducted in other countries, primarily in the United States.

Volunteer Ireland research

The Impact of Volunteering on the Health and Well-Being of the VolunteerThe Impact of Volunteering on the Health and Well-Being of the Volunteer

In 2017, Volunteer Ireland conducted research into the impact volunteering has on the health and well-being of volunteers. Combining focus groups with the results of a national survey of volunteers, the report concluded that volunteering has a positive impact on volunteers in a multitude of ways. Read the report.

 

Volunteering in the Arts Toolkit Volunteering in the Arts Toolkit

In 2013, Volunteer Ireland and Voluntary Arts Ireland developed a toolkit for volunteer involving arts organisations. The toolkit aims to provide groups with the practical advice required to help start or improve a volunteer program. View the toolkit.

 

Rural Volunteerism: Impacting Development and Sustainability

This report documents the extent and impact of volunteerism in rural communities throughout Ireland by drawing on research carried out in NUI Galway and by Volunteer Ireland.  The report highlights the essential role rural volunteers’ play in the sustainability and development of many rural regions, in particular in the areas of sport, care services and rural development. Read the report.

Other research

National Youth Council of Ireland: A Report on Young People and VolunteeringNational Youth Council of Ireland: A Report on Young People and Volunteering

In 2011, the National Youth Council of Ireland produced a comprehensive report on young people’s experience of and attitude towards volunteering in Ireland. Read the report.

 

 

European Union: Study on Volunteering in the European Union

European Union: Study on Volunteering in the European Union

In 2010, the European Union conducted an EU wide survey on volunteering in the EU. Read the report.

As part of this study, individual country reports were also published. Read Ireland country report.

 

The Wildlife Trusts: The Health and Wellbeing Impacts of Volunteering with The Wildlife TrustsThe Wildlife Trusts: The Health and Wellbeing Impacts of Volunteering with The Wildlife Trusts

In 2017, The Wildlife Trusts published a report examining the effects of volunteering in nature on people’s health. This report is particularly interesting as it tracks a specific group of volunteers over time. Read the report.

UN: State of the World’s Volunteerism 2018 Report

The 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report presents new evidence on the role of volunteerism in strengthening community resilience. Read the report.