Tag Archives: volunteering

Another advantage of longitudinal data

I have been having trouble formulating an important argument in one of my PhD papers, so I’m going to rehearse it here.  If anyone could help me to refine it, I’d be eternally grateful if you’d let me know… Longitudinal … Continue reading

Posted in PhD | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Survey Data Not Be All And End All – Shock

Apparently there’s more to research than survey data – who knew? Those who have been paying attention will remember that I have used the National Child Development Study (NCDS) to examine the relationship between volunteering and political activity for the … Continue reading

Posted in Methods, PhD | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A civic recovery? Or a graph of er… something-or-other.

Last year, I bought a copy of Political Participation in Britain (Paul Whiteley, 2012).  On page 86 there is a graph (bear with me…) of responses to one of the questions from the British Election Study Continuous Monitoring Survey.  This … Continue reading

Posted in Academic research | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Time use surveys and volunteering

I’ve been reading up on the available (UK) time use data on volunteering and found a short technical paper produced by Kimberley Fisher from the Centre for Time Use Research.  The paper’s interesting in its own right, but here’s what … Continue reading

Posted in Methods, PhD | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Time use surveys and volunteering

Volunteering, social class and some other things

The NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference took place in London last week.  Many of the big names were there, but a lot of the stuff I found most interesting came from Jon Dean, a doctoral researcher at the University … Continue reading

Posted in Academic research | Tagged , | Comments Off on Volunteering, social class and some other things

How many sessions on the Big Society does it take to fill a conference?

One of the many joys of the Big Society is the lovely way it lends itself to any number of sets of paired opposites.  Today at the Social Policy Association Conference, I listened to  market liberalism vs. social value (Pete … Continue reading

Posted in Academic research | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Thinking out loud about differences between surveys

What with one thing (daughter’s chickpox) and other (holiday in the US) and all the stuff in between (more bank holidays than you can shake a stick at at), I haven’t been here for a while.  I’m rapidly rolling towards … Continue reading

Posted in PhD | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

What is volunteering?

My supervisor has suggested that I leave this question alone for a little while, so of course I can’t…  (For those of you who can’t countenance studying something before defining it, please bear in mind that I pretty much have … Continue reading

Posted in PhD | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Inequality and volunteering – half-formed thought

I’ve just been next door talking to Anjelica Finnegan about philanthropy in the US.  The new NCVO Almanac (p.14) shows a nice bubble chart illustrating how much people in different countries give to charity (as a percentage of GDP). Americans give … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Inequality and volunteering – half-formed thought

Volunteering as therapy

Volunteering is (extremely) broadly defined in academia.  There are articles discussing volunteering as service, volunteering as serious leisure, volunteering as activism, volunteering at work, volunteering as a pathway into work, volunteering in as many domains as you can think of…  But nothing (caveat: … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , | 1 Comment