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Our research and evaluations


Cover of the Valuing Volunteering report

Research: Valuing volunteering

Four volunteer researchers worked in four countries (the Philippines, Kenya, Nepal and Mozambique) used participatory action methods to determine the unique value of volunteering in international development.

Most previous studies focussed on the effect volunteering has on the volunteers themselves, there has been little documentation of the impact volunteering creates.

VSO has always believed that people are the best agents of change, and this research now provides evidence for volunteers’ unique contribution to reducing poverty.

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Research: Women in Power

This report focuses on the lack of power that women have to influence decision making compared to men.

  • Our thinking on women’s equal role in public and political life
  • Why we consider this equal role to be vital
  • Assesses gaps in power, and outlines barriers to participation and influence

The report concludes by setting out how these priorities will integrate into real work on the ground.

Read the full report on Women in Power here [PDF] 

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013, UN

Research: Volunteerism and the post-2015 agenda

Written to emphasise the positive contributions volunteers make so the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) acknowledge and support this vital resource. The emerging findings from the 'Valuing Volunteering' research helped to inform the evidence base for this paper.

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Evaluations

Evaluations of our projects and programmes are critical to better understand the contribution we make in delivering sustainable development.

Find out more about VSO evaluations, including our meta-evaluation and synthesis review