To understand and improve
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Participate. It’s for the sector. It’s for you!
Everyone in Australia benefits from the great work of our Not-for-Profit organisations and their people – you. Whilst the world is changing and demanding more, it is not about working harder. Instead, so you can continue to adapt and innovate, we use applied science to find ways of working smarter and healthier, for more positive change, and an even better Australia.
The Workforce Study is Australia’s first large-scale research study designed to identify what matters most for making Not-for-Profit work better. It’s like a national staff survey that is open to all levels of employees and volunteers. And we share the findings. The more people who respond, the more representative and useful the results for growing people, organisations, and their impact.
This online survey is approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Western Australia (RA/4/1/8885). Data is used for research purposes only, securely stored, strictly confidential and subject to legal restrictions. Findings are reported anonymously, in aggregate form only to inform future Not-for-Profit practice, policy and funding.
LEARNING > Understand how to develop NFP talent and what learning experiences increase innovation and impact.
WELLBEING > Diagnose what promotes NFP employee and volunteer health and organisational sustainability.
COMPETENCIES > Chart the most important knowledge, skills, and abilities to build thriving NFP careers and organisations.
DIVERSITY > Describe the demographics and needs of the NFP workforce for each domain, jurisdiction, and job type.
ENGAGEMENT > Investigate what makes employees and volunteers stay, happy, and proactive.
JOB DESIGN > Find better ways to organise NFP work so job resources meet job demands.
LEADERSHIP > Identify what it takes to share power for a collective effort and a better Australia.
FOR THE SECTOR
FOR THE SECTOR
FREE FINDINGS AND PUBLIC REPORT
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FREE PERSONAL ANALTYICS REPORT
Upon completion of the survey you are immediately presented your personal report with insights and suggestions on job satisfaction, work autonomy, professional development, well-being, and more.
FREE WORKFORCE ANALYTICS DASHBOARD
Organisations get their own at-a-glance analytics to understand employee and volunteer learning, engagement, well-being, and more concepts that matter for people, performance, and purpose.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is the national research dedicated to the work experiences of employees and volunteers involved in the Not-for-Profit sector. It provides vital insights into the potential to improve people, organisations and impact. The study will:
- Help Not-for-Profit organisations retain, engage and develop their people by making work better.
- Improve workforce health, engagement, development, happiness, among other.
- Establish credible and useful evidence to inform people, policy, funders and organisational practice.
The findings will be freely shared to inform Not-for-Profit practice, policy, and funding. The study’s outcomes involve:
- Increased attention and attitude toward the Not-for-Profit workforce – you.
- Engaged organisations and leaders who adopt evidence-based practices for making work better.
- Informed funders and policy makers who use evidence to invest into a successful and sustainable workforce and sector.
Participation is open until 20th December 2019.
The online survey will prompt you with several questions and statements relating to your work experience including learning, engagement, well-being, autonomy, and leadership. Here are a few examples.
There are no right or wrong answers, just answer each question as honestly as you can. If some items seem redundant to you, please be assured that no concept is repeatedly captured. You can pass on any question you don’t wish to answer. So you cannot be inferred from your responses, all information will be anonymised and reported in aggregate form only.
All employees and volunteers associated with an Australian Not-for-Profit organisation are encouraged to participate: from CEO to frontline staff, full-time and casual, all sectors and purposes. You all shall have your say: what is working well, what need to improve, or what to do differently.
This survey is your opportunity to represent your work experience in the Not-for-Profit sector and is thus promoted through multiple channels: you may have been contacted through one of the research consortium partners, the news, or a colleague.
The more people who respond, the more representative and useful the results will be. Please participate to shape the future work experience in the Australian Not-for-Profit sector.
Yes. This study is approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (University of Western Australia RA/4/1/8885) and only the academic research team has access to the information provided. This is not a commercial survey, we do not sell or share your information, not even with our partner organisations. Data is used for research purposes only, securely stored, strictly confidential and subject to legal restrictions.
No participating individual or organisation can be inferred from published information. Employers will never see if or what any specific employee or volunteer responded. Findings are reported anonymously, in aggregate form only in reports, scholarly articles, and applied dashboards so they can inform future Not-for-Profit practice, policy and funding.
What you provide is protected through state-of-the-art cloud technology and the UWA Institutional Research Data Store. All information is treated as confidential and will not be released by the investigator in any form that may identify people or organisations, unless required by law.
The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia, and its Learning for Purpose initiative. Learn more.
This study is realised in collaboration with researchers at the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University; and supported through the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. No data collected through this research is shared with these partners.
Yes. Whilst everyone in the Australian Not-for-Profit sector is encouraged to have their say, participation is voluntary and entirely optional. When completing the survey, you can pass on any question you don’t wish to answer. You are also free to withdraw your consent and to discontinue participation at any time without any prejudice, contact: [email protected]
You may indicate your consent to participate in this research study simply by completing the survey. In doing so you confirm to have understood the information provided and any questions have been answered to your satisfaction. You may download a copy of all participant information here.
Yes. Approval to conduct this research has been provided by the University of Western Australia, in accordance with its ethics review and approval procedures (RA/4/1/8885). Any person considering participation in this research project, or agreeing to participate, may raise any questions or issues with the researchers at any time by contacting [email protected]
In addition, any person not satisfied with the response of researchers may raise ethics issues or concerns, and may make any complaints about this research project by contacting the Human Ethics Office at the University of Western Australia on (08) 6488 3703 or [email protected]
All research participants are entitled to download a copy of any participant information relating to this research project here.
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