In 2013, Data Orchard director Sian Basker was commissioned to lead a major research project on volunteering in Worcestershire. The research reflected the extent and value of volunteering in social and economic terms, and explored attitudes, motivations and benefits of volunteering.
Most importantly the research explored how the context for volunteering was changing in social, economic, technological and policy terms. It looked at what problems and issues needed addressing, and how Worcestershire could best position itself to enable volunteering to grow and thrive in the future.
The findings were drawn from the results of two surveys (one with organisations and one with members of the general public), interviews with key stakeholders; case studies, desk research and focus groups.
This research project was commissioned by Worcestershire Voices, the strategic body for the voluntary and community sector in the county.