The University of Auckland

Project #69: Measuring volunteer impact & success metrics in the Voluntarily platform

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Description:

Background

The Voluntarily platform Voluntari.ly (https://voluntarily.nz/) is a charitable initiative that aims to connect NZ schools with corporate volunteers and digital technology course content.

Schools today need to teach digital technologies. While training programmes for teachers exist, what's really needed is experts in digital technology to work closely with teachers and ground them in real-world context.

Several large tech companies in NZ, such as Microsoft, Datacom and Xero, have staff volunteer programmes allowing their staff to spend paid work time giving back to their communities. Many of these available volunteer hours go unused every year. There are a wide range of digital technology programmes available, but many schools lack the technical know-how to run these programmes without assistance.

Voluntarily aims to link schools and teachers that need assistance, with willing corporate volunteers and content they can use to deliver exciting digital technology programmes to our youngest generation.

This project

Upon conclusion of an event / opportunity, stakeholders might wish to provide some kind of feedback or indication regarding the success of that event / opportunity. For example:

Such feedback could be elicited using, for example, surveys involving likert-scale questions, but ideally we would want to give stakeholders the opportunity to answer more open-ended questions in interviews / free-text-entry surveys. We wish to investigate the use of feedback / sentiment analysis or similar techniques to help determine the perceived success of an event based on such responses.

Voluntarily is both a startup company and an open source project. Therefore, in addition to satisfying the requirements for your part-4 project, your team will gain valuable experience with modern full-stack web applications, and in contributing in an open source environment.

Outcome:

The successful project will include:

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Lab allocations have not been finalised