Volunteering Australia’s Evidence Insights series aims to interpret and synthesise volunteering data and research for use in our policy and advocacy work and to inform the work of the wider volunteering ecosystem.
This series of evidence reviews will present summaries of academic literature, aggregate key findings, and analyse the state of contemporary research in key areas which relate to volunteering. Evidence reviews aim to highlight causal relationships, or to explore phenomena which cannot be adequately described statistically. Evidence reviews draw upon quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research.
Volunteering and mental health
Evidence Insights: Volunteering and mental health is the first of the series. It reviews research on the effects of volunteering on mental health. It draws upon local and international studies including qualitative and quantitative research, while focusing on the effects of volunteering on the mental health of volunteers themselves. The review concludes with a discussion of priorities for future research and the policy implications of the findings.
Future Evidence Insights
- Informal volunteering
- Barriers to volunteering
- Volunteering and CALD Communities
- Volunteering and employment