Volunteerism and Working with Volunteers
Data-Based Policy Development in VolunteeringEsra Huri Bulduk
Although volunteerism and data-based work are perceived as two distant concepts, they are actually very intertwined. In this section, we will discuss how data can be used to increase efficiency in resourcestrapped areas such as volunteering. We will focus on examples of data-based studies in all areas, from finding volunteers to volunteer motivation. We will convey how data-based work also makes volunteers’ roles visible in increasing the targeted social benefit. Although some approaches to civil society consider data-based work to negate the purpose of having civil society by reducing it to numbers, we believe that creating a data-based volunteer management system that doesn’t limit volunteers’ creativity and is built without abandoning “meaning” is one of the most effective ways to achieve the targeted change.