Changing the Conversation: Research, Surprising Findings, and the Volunteer Screening Program (Slides/Presentation)

This presentation explores current changes in the volunteer screening and engagement landscape, Volunteer Alberta’s research findings, and how our research will inform the Volunteer Screening Program moving forward.

The Volunteer Screening Program (VSP) helps build a thriving, resilient civil society by supporting Alberta’s nonprofit organizations to address volunteer screening, volunteer engagement, and community safety concerns. During 2022, VSP conducted various evaluations and research activities to deepen our understanding of Alberta’s volunteer screening and engagement practices and the shifting landscape that has occurred since 2017. This included identifying shared understanding, gaps in knowledge, and drawing connections between the lived experiences of the volunteers and the organizations that engage them. From these evaluative conversations, we have identified evolving good practices and issues to consider further.