Citizen Action Research

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The Citizen Action Research Hub is a new collaborative effort to measure and understand the many ways that individuals commit their time to build and strengthen communities. Envisioned as a robust, cross-sectoral research hub empowering resilient, thriving communities through data-driven innovation, the initiative seeks to explore the whole generosity ecosystem. It will create a community of practice where researchers, practitioners, and policymakers have access to the data, tools and methods needed to understand how people build the communities they want to live in.

Current Projects

Volunteer behavior: The GivingTuesday Data Commons is collecting volunteer behavior data, attitudes, values, and demographics of volunteers, as well as engagement messaging and response data. As a first step, we will use methodology we have developed to track donation behavior to measure and track granular trends in volunteer action. The first line of inquiry is being developed with researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School to examine how various interventions, events, and crises impact individual volunteer action relative to other giving behavior.


VolunteerMatch data showing online registration by volunteers, for volunteer opportunities posted by organizations on the VM platform. Data goes back to 2017.

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