Last year, Comhlámh commissioned a major piece of research examining evidence from Irish based volunteer sending agencies (VSAs) on international volunteering.
The research was undertaken by Dr. Pat McCloughan from PMCA Economic Consulting: it received extensive media coverage, and, at its launch in August 2013, Minister Joe Costello referred to it as a hugely important piece of research. Copies of the report have since been disseminated both nationally and internationally. Comhlámh will be repeating this important research early in 2014, to build a sound evidence base about trends in overseas volunteering activity from Ireland.
Siobán O’Brien Green, our Research and Policy Officer, will be contacting all VSAs soon with a 2014 version of the research questionnaire.
We look forward to your assistance and co-operation with this important research and hope it will provide year on year comparable data which is timely, useful and robust for the Irish overseas volunteering sector. If you did not participate in the 2013 research but would like to be part of the 2014 research please email firstname.lastname@example.org