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Research into Microvolunteering

There’s quite a plethora of research papers and surveys around the concept of microvolunteering. We feature those that have been dedicated to the subject, or substantially mention it within the context of the issue a document is dealing with.

We’ve collated them in to various categories for easier searching, and also because we’re nice like that! The categories being: Research Papers, Surveys, and Miscellaneous Documents.
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Research Papers

Sign and Share: What Influences Our Participation in Online Microvolunteering
April, 2016 – Assessed engagement in online microvolunteering, where its findings suggested ‘an important role for attitudes and moral considerations in understanding what influences this increasingly popular form of online activity.’

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Micro-Volunteering: The Case Study of Help From Home
December, 2015 – Master thesis paper that studied the strengths & weaknesses of microvolunteering, through the analysis of the organization Help From Home.

The Potential of Micro-volunteering to Communicate Collective Actions for Positive Social Change in the Philippines
October, 2015 – Research paper published by Marilou B. Villa , Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, Philipines
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The Platform Affordances and Politics of Digital Microvolunteering
September, 2015 – Research paper published by Carla Ilten, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Using social microvolunteering to answer visual questions from blind users
July, 2015 – Paper published in the ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing journal
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Designing a Micro-Volunteering Platform for Situated Crowdsourcing
March, 2015 – Dissertation research paper presented at the CSCW 2015 Conference
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Social microvolunteering: quick, free answers to visual questions from blind people
January, 2015 – Dissertation research paper prepared by Erin Brady at University of Rochester

Episodic Volunteering and Retention
December, 2014 – Paper presented within the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
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Friendsourcing for the Greater Good: Perceptions of Social Microvolunteering
November, 2014 – An Adjunct to the Proceedings of the Second AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing
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Gauging receptiveness to Social Microvolunteering
November, 2014 – Paper prepared for CHI 2015 Conference
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The value of giving a little time: Understanding the potential of micro-volunteering – Summary Report
November, 2013 – Summary report of the much larger ‘The Value of giving a little time’ document by Institute of Volunteering Research and NCVO

The value of giving a little time: Understanding the potential of micro-volunteering
November, 2013 – Research undertaken by Institute of Volunteering Research and NCVO

Can Micro-volunteering Help in Africa?
May, 2013 – Paper prepared for IST-Africa 2013 Conference
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An Architecture for Synchronous Micro-Volunteering in Africa using Social Media
March, 2013 – Paper presented at Workshop on Persuasive Collaboration and Social Networking, 2013

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Surveys

Microvolunteering Survey – Involvement and Perceptions of Microvolunteers
July, 2016 – So how do microvolunteers perceive the action of microvolunteering. Our survey sheds some light on this issue
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CharityHour – Discussion on Microvolunteering
April, 2016 – As a prelude to Microvolunteering Day 2016, five questions were asked to the Twitter #CharityHour community
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Social Microvolunteering – Donating Access to your Friends for Charitable Microwork
November, 2014 – Paper presented at the 2014 HCOMP Workshop
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Survey of Microvolunteering Participants
April, 2013 – Investigating the modus operandi / raison d’etre of microvolunteers
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Micro-volunteering – Doing some good through smartphones
June, 2012 – Survey conducted by Institute of Volunteering Research
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Microvolunteering – A Snapshot Overview of Microvolunteering Participants
January, 2012 – Investigating the modus operandi / raison d’etre of microvolunteers
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Microvolunteering Initiatives – A General Overview Survey
March, 2010 – A global survey of all the micro volunteering initiatives featured on Help From Home’s online and offline database
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Miscellaneous Documents

Accenture – 2020 Vision for Employer Supported Volunteering
June, 2016 – Report published by Accenture highlighting 5 key trends in ESV, microvolunteering being one of them, as discussed from pages 14 – 17
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Get Involved – Microvolunteer Today
December, 2014 – Student Project Paper compiled by Xue Yin
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Voluntariado digital
December, 2014 – Report prepared by Telefonica / Vivo. Microvolunteering mentioned on pages 85 – 89. In Portuguese
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Crowd4U: An Initiative for Constructing an Open Academic Crowdsourcing Network
November, 2014 – An Adjunct to the Proceedings of the Second AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

The New Alchemy – parts 4 + 5
October, 2014 – Report prepared by nfpSynergy that looked at motivations,engagement and retaining volunteers. Microvolunteering mentioned on pages 9 – 11

Changing Face of Volunteerism
March, 2014 – White Paper presented by Higher Logic. Microvolunteering mentioned on pages 5 – 6
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Microvolunteering
June, 2013 – Small White Paper issued by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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New ways of giving time: opportunities and challenges in micro-volunteering
February, 2013 – A literature review by Institute of Volunteering research and NCVO for Nesta
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Microvolunteering – Helping the Helpers in Development
February, 2013 – Paper prepared for a workshop discussion at CSCW 2013 Conference
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The rules of engagement of micro-activism
June, 2012 – An investigation on the emancipatory/exploitative tension of the social web, and what it means for platforms promoting bite-size social change
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A Case Study in Microvolunteering Opportunities
August, 2011 – A case study prepared by The Center of Association Leadership looking into a new volunteer leadership program
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ManufacturingChange.org – Micro-volunteering, maximum impact – Case Study
2010 – An ‘Innovation Case Study’ report into ManufacturingChange by the Humanitarian Centre