How to Contribute

We invite you to submit different types of content to this site. Please carefully read the description of each content type below and use the corresponding form for each content type (links are below).

See the explanatory video here: 

STEP 1.  Fill in the form based on the content type (datasets, research products, and other resources) you would like to share.

STEP 2.  Once you have submitted content using the corresponding form, the Knowledge Portal editors will review and quality assure the materials based on the criteria below. 


Evidence Criteria

The evidence product is screened according to where it will be published.

For evidence products on Volunteering Database, the screening criteria include:

  • Adheres to the principles outlined in the definitions of legislation and measurement on volunteering.
  • Must come from reputable sources and official sources such as ILOSTATS, UNDESA  or government-owned websites and databases 

For the evidence products of the Evidence Library, the screening criteria include: 

  1. Strength of evidence and policy relevance
    The product showcases quality evidence. This criteria ensures that the product has a strong design. Commonly this will include a detailed methodology, targeted recommendations and balanced data from multiple sources. The methods, data and analysis should support the conclusions.
  2.  Type of knowledge product
    This product is a knowledge product. The product is a published piece offering data, insights and analysis that advances learning or increases understanding about volunteerism including enabling environment and vis-à-vis other development issues. Communications and public relations materials (brochures, flyers and annual reports) are not considered as knowledge product. 
  3. Copyright and authorship 
    The product is an original piece of work from a reputable organization. The product must be an original piece for which the author/publisher own and/or have obtained all necessary licenses to the content, and is freely accessible (no pay wall) to the public.   The product should also ideally be authored by a reputable organization and peer reviewed, preferably by an academic institution, UN, think tank, or government.  
  4. Thematic relevance
    The product demonstrates thought leadership and new insights. This criteria ensures that the product addresses a gap in the evidence base and adds value to current debates. The recommended way to establish this is to include a scan of existing knowledge in the product design stage. The theme addressed in the product should also be relevant to the themes of the portal.
  5.  No red flags
    The product does not contain any sensitivities. The product should not contain text that is false, misleading, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, threatening or invasive of a person’s privacy. It should also not include any text that contains political or cultural sensitivities.

For the Communities of Practice/ Practice Sharing, the screening criteria include:

  • Must not use profane language 
  • Must be relevant to the topic of the discussion or community practice
  • Must be facts-based and accurate
  • Must fulfil the required fields in the submission form (for the Good practice entries)


STEP 3.   If your submission fulfills the criteria above, the editors will directly publish them on the portal. Submissions that do not meet the criteria will not be published.