CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

The CSI at the International Society for Third-Sector Research 9th annual conference

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 6, 2010

The annual International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) conference is taking place this week from the 7th-11th July 2010 at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey. ISTR is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of philanthropy, civil society and the non-profit sector. ISTR reflects the growing worldwide interest in Third Sector research and provides a permanent forum for international research, while at the same time building a global scholarly community in this field.

ISTR is one of the major international membership association and rec­ognized leader promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, voluntarism and the non-profit sec­tor. The Society is known for its commitment to excellence, its collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach, global outreach and values of diversity and inclusion.

Jacob Mati, CIVICUS CSI Senior Research Officer, and Megan MacGarry, CIVICUS CSI Programme Officer, will be attending the conference and both will be presenting papers in the session entitled: Building on Knowledge in Strengthening Civil Society Around the World Thursday, July 8, 2010, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The session will be chaired by Jacob Mati and other participants in the session will be Michael Hoelscher, Naoto Yamauchi and Midori Matsushima

The title of Megan’s paper will be: “Do action-research projects have impact? Insights from the Civil Society Index Programme’s Impact Assessment” and it addresses the question of how challenging it is to define the impact of action research projects. By using the Civil Society Index (CSI) as the principle example to extract insight and lessons from it, Megan’s paper will be an attempt to resolve the issues at play and begin the process of answering such a question.

Jacobs paper is titled “Imperatives for innovations in civil society: Reflections on experiences in the implementation of CSI (2008-2010)” and explores some preliminary findings from the 2008-2010 phase of the CSI.

Click here for more information on the conference,

After the conferences Megan and Jacob’s papers will be available online.


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