Research and Advocacy

Research and Advocacy are two of Volunteering Australia’s Strategic Focus Areas. Below are examples of some of the research and advocacy projects Volunteering Australia is a part of.

Volunteering to Learn

Murdoch University, Volunteering Australia, Volunteering WA and other academic and government supporters recently launched the Volunteering to Learn website and resources.

University student volunteering is a practice adopted by universities to enhance student learning, yet little is known about the how and why of this learning.  This project, “Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities”, took place from 2013 – 2015. The project identified how universities, students and host organisations work together to enable successful outcomes for all parties.

Good Practice Guides and Concept Guides have been developed from the project which identified three types of university student volunteers, four types of host organisations and eight models in operation across Australian universities.  A Companion Guide has been developed to accompany the Good Practice and Concept Guides and to offer more information on some aspects of University Student Volunteering.

Giving Australia 2015

Volunteering Australia is an Industry Partner on a research project led by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT and sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership.

Giving Australia 2015 will collect comprehensive, up-to-date information from individuals, charitable organisations, philanthropists and businesses in Australia. This includes the giving of time, information, goods and services, voice and influence, as well as money, to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community. Giving Australia 2015 will provide critical information about giving and volunteering behaviours, attitudes and trends.

This data collection will refresh and expand on information gathered through Giving Australia 2005, commissioned as an initiative of the previous Partnership (1999 – 2007), to improve the understanding of philanthropic behaviours by individuals and businesses in Australia and to provide baseline data.

Giving Australia 2015 is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Evaluating the volunteering infrastructure legacy of the Olympic Games: Sydney 2000 and London 2012

Support provided to the successful application by Dr Kirsten Holmes (Curtin & VWA), Assoc Prof Leonie Lockstone-Binney (William Anglis Institute & VV), Assoc. Prof Karen Smith ( Victoria University Wellington & VNZ) and Dr Richard Shipway (University of Bournemouth, UK) for an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Advanced Olympic Research GrantEvaluating the volunteer infrastructure legacy of the Olympic Games: Sydney 2000 and London 2012”.