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Volunteer Impact Assessment Toolkit

Volunteer Impact Assessment Toolkit

Measuring social impact from volunteering activities is vital.  Volunteer involving organisations ability to make a 'value added', 'positive impact' for a community, on a shoe string, is how the Community Sector sets itself apart.  This need to evidence worth is increasingly important as year on year public expenditure cuts are forecast.

Many volunteer involving organisations or volunteer led groups may not have the resources or time to carry out evaluation work which can detract from service delivery or front line work.  However, the Volunteer Impact Assessment Toolkit is an inexpensive, tried and tested way for organisations of all sizes to evidence impact.

This recently reviewed toolkit enables organisations to assess the impact of volunteering on key stakeholders - the volunteers, the organisation, the beneficiaries, and the broader community.  Organisations will be able to use it to assess a wide range of impacts, from the skills development of volunteers to the economic value of involving volunteers.

The toolkit provides information on the:

  • Range of impacts that can be measured using the toolkit;
  • The range of stakeholders that can be included;
  • The range of adaptable research tools available;
  • Guidelines on research design, data collection and analysis; and
  • Provides information on how to access further support for research design, data collection and analysis.

The information gathered from the toolkit can:

  • Give your application the edge when looking for funding;
  • Is useful for informing policy and practice development;
  • Is used to motivate existing volunteers and staff;
  • Attract new volunteers and can
  • Showcase the benefits of volunteering to the public.

The toolkit has been successfully used by a number of organisations in Northern Ireland, including the Belfast City Council, the Transport Buddy Scheme of the British Red Cross and projects within the Millenium Volunteer Programme.

Volunteer Now has an exclusive licence from Volunteering England to promote the toolkit across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and to offer support through workshop training and mentoring.

Example copies of assessment reports based on the Volunteer Impact Assessment Toolkit:


The Volunteer Investment to Value Audit (VIVA)

The VIVA is one specific tool within the toolkit which can be used to measure the economic impact of volunteering. It uses a simple equation to calculate the difference between the monetary investment into a volunteering programme and the value of the work carried out by volunteers. Volunteer Now have developed a simple spreadsheet which will help people to calculate a VIVA ratio based on them entering some figures i.e. the final ratio figure will show what return on investment an organisation gains from involving volunteers.

Click here to view a blank copy of the VIVA spreadsheet.

Examples of how the VIVA has been used:

Sporting Context - Click Here.

See our training calendar for the next available course date.

Click here to order a copy of the toolkit.