CHANGES TO THE GSS
As a result of the consultations carried out over the past year, changes to the volunteering question modules in the 2019 GSS include new questions on informal volunteering and how people volunteer (e.g. in person, online, etc).
All changes to the 2019 GSS were decided on in collaboration with members of the General Social Survey Reference Group (GSSRG), an advisory group of representatives from government, academia and the community.
It is not just the volunteering module of the GSS that will be changing. The 2019 GSS will be the first ABS survey to use the new statistical infrastructure and business processes being implemented in the transforming ABS statistical program. Changes include that it will be collected as a smaller but ongoing annual survey, instead of a larger survey every four years and will include an e-form as an alternative survey option to a face to face interview. The ABS will examine the effect of these changes on all data collected in the survey, including the volunteering data, and will publish any findings in future GSS publications.
As data needs and trends evolve, the ABS will monitor its volunteering data collections to ensure they remain relevant, coherent and current.