Monitoring Brief 5/12
This Monitoring Brief explores how the voluntary sector uses official statistics, and how it engages with bodies that produce them. It is the first in a series of Briefs looking at the use made of official statistics in different sectors. The statistical needs of the voluntary sector are relatively under-researched compared with those of, for example, central and local government, or the business sector. This Brief is not intended to be a comprehensive review but we have consulted a small number of voluntary organisations about their specific use of official statistics (Annex A). In the course of this research, we have also drawn some conclusions about the adequacy of the statistical information publicly available about the voluntary sector itself. Our conclusions are at paragraphs 16 to 27 below.