The Longitudinal Study of Australian Volunteers aims to identify whether, how and why participating in the Australian Volunteers Program (AVP) leads to personal and professional changes in volunteers that can influence their career, lives, and perspectives.
The study is tracking a cohort of fifty-five Australian volunteers who entered the AVP in 2019. Phase One has focused on participants' pre-assignment motivations, expectations and contact with the program. A summary draft report of the results was circulated to the study participants for comment in September 2019.
Thank you to participants who provided feedback on the draft Phase One report. We received 14 responses in total. All of these were incorporated in the final report provided to AVP on 16 October 2019. Summarised findings of Phase One will be made available in coming months. Our next contact with participants will be in-country interviews. We'll make contact to arrange these toward the end of your assignment, preferably before you complete your exit interviews. If you are planning to complete your assignment earlier than expected, please contact one of the research team to arrange your in-country interview.
Phase Two officially commences in December 2019, during which data will be collected on participants' experiences during and after their volunteer assignments throughout 2020 and 2021. Summary reports of these experiences are expected to be available in 2020 and 2021.
Information about the project
The study is being undertaken by a global research team led by University of Technology Sydney. It has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number ETH 19-3663) and complies with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the UTS Research Ethics and Integrity Policy.
To learn more about the project please contact the project leader:
Dr Anthony Fee
University of Technology
p: +61 2 9514 3395 or + 61 (0)466 847 707
Australian Volunteers Program outcomes and the LSAV: The longitudinal study aims to explain in a credible and persuasive way whether, why and how participating in the AVP influences volunteers personally and professionally in ways that that are relevant to the AVP objectives. Over the next five years, the Australian Volunteers Program aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Partner organisations are supported by Australia to achieve their own development objectives;
- The public in Australia better appreciates the value of international volunteering; and
- Australian volunteers gain professionally and personally.
By successfully achieving these outcomes, the Australian Volunteers Program will have contributed to Australia’s broader development and diplomacy goals:
- The Australian Government is achieving its development objectives;
- Australian aid is perceived positively in Australia and internationally; and
- Australians are becoming more globally literate and connected.