On 16 October 2014 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted the first stakeholders meeting of the Third Sector Impact (TSI) research project.

During the meeting, participants discussed the definition and measurement of the third sector, its impact on European socio-economic development, and the barriers the sector faces, especially in terms of the European policy environment. Researchers leading the project asked for feedback and inputs on the work already done in these areas.

The project’s objective is to measure the scope, scale and impact of European civil society. It engages organisations and individuals to capture their insights and expertise in order to create knowledge that will help policy-makers, researchers and citizens to advance the third sector’s contributions to Europe.

TSI is led by academic researchers and practitioners, who collaborate in all stages of the project. It consists of the research consortium, the advisory boards and more than 100 national and European stakeholders. The project started in January 2014 and will run for 3 years.

Volonteurope is one of the stakeholders involved in the discussions. Our network has also started developing its own work strand on measuring the impact of volunteering, with a particular focus on the creation of social capital through volunteering in health, social care and wellbeing sectors.

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