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Capturing the Contribution of Volunteers in Community-based Organisations

This project builds on New Models of Volunteering, a previous CSRR project undertaken for DLGSC Sport and Recreation. The purpose of the project is to work toward developing a method of enabling volunteers to easily log their volunteering contributions.

Despite information pertaining to volunteering being captured through the ABS census and in the work of organisations such as Giving Australia and Volunteering WA, very little is known about the contribution of volunteers to the overall resourcing mix of community-based organisations. Without greater insight into tasks undertaken and time expended on those tasks, the actual contribution of volunteers within the total resource picture, and required to keep a club operational and sustainable, remains educated guesswork. The need for better insight is no more apparent than within the largest single sector of volunteers – sport.

Working with a CSRR team comprising researchers from Curtin Business School and in collaboration with the WA Sports Federation (WASF) this is a project of four parts:

  1. Scanning for actual or like methods (including applications (Apps)) suited to the purpose
  2. Identifying the information to be gathered
  3. Developing (or adapting) the method and its data base framework
  4. Prototyping the method

The project culminates in a demonstration of a method prototype for capturing the contribution of volunteers in community sport.

Principal Areas of Enquiry:

Contemporary Issues

Secondary Areas of Enquiry:

Management and Technology

Lead Researchers:

Assoc. Prof. Felix Chan - School of Economics, Finance and Property, Curtin University
Professor Mark Harris - School of Economics, Finance and Property, Curtin University
Professor Marian Tye - Centre for Sport and Recreation Research

Research Team:

Sumayyah Ahmed

Industry Partners

This project received funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and in-kind contributions from Curtin Business School and the WA Sports Federation.

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Capturing the Contribution of Volunteers in Community Based Organisations: Developing a Methodology for Sport