With an estimated 93 million adults in the European Union being involved in volunteering, it is important to establish a common legal framework and clear legislation across the member states. For volunteering services across the EU, there is demand for stable funding for volunteering infrastructure, as well as an agreed understanding of what quality volunteering looks like.

In order to facilitate this, Volonteurope and its partners established a European working group to measure the impact of volunteering. This working group is tasked with sharing best practice, developing universal indicators and raising the profile of impact measurement across Europe, focusing particularly on social impact.

With the benefits of volunteering plentiful and far-reaching, it is important that volunteering services are able to capture this impact in a systemic form. This recorded impact can only improve its provisions and qualify the contribution it makes to society.

In order to assist with the European and global effort to measure the economic value of volunteering, Volonteurope has proposed – as one of its working strands – to develop a range of standards specifically in terms of the social value to volunteers, beneficiaries, civil society organisations and communities.

With a European working group consisting of Volonteurope members, partners and experts across the EU and beyond, the group is mapping existing practices and determining current levels of impact measurement (processes, standards, tools, trends).

The working group is also tasked with sharing best practice and raising the profile of social impact measurement across Europe.