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Opportunity to help charities get meaningful insights from data

It’s the time of year again when you can volunteer for the Analytical Volunteer Programme (AVP)!

What is the AVP?

The AVP is an annual programme that arranges for government analysts to work in voluntary sector organisations on short-term placements. It provides an excellent opportunity for voluntary sector organisations to benefit from free analytical expertise and for government analysts to develop and build new skills.

Voluntary organisations request analytical support and government analysts apply to volunteer. The programme organisers match analysts to organisations and arrange placements.

If you want to volunteer – applications are now open!

Applications for volunteer analysts are now closed for this round and will reopen again next Autumn.

What will be expected of volunteers?

Volunteers can specify how much time they are able to contribute using their allocated volunteering days, from one day up to five days. The time doesn’t have to be taken in one chunk – for some projects it may be more practical to provide some initial support for a day or two, then some further help after a few weeks.

Volunteers will be using their analytical skills to help voluntary sector organisations to identify, collect and analyse data. The placement may focus on delivering a specific project or it might contribute to an element of a larger project.

What will volunteers get out of it?

Working in a voluntary sector organisation is a fantastic opportunity and will provide:

  • a valuable opportunity to develop and demonstrate a wide range of skills
  • an opportunity to carry out influential analysis
  • an experience of a new working environment, including seeing how other organisations operate
  • an opportunity to take on a challenge
  • an opportunity to learn more about how voluntary sector organisations work, the pressures they face and how they use analysis

Please visit the AVP webpage for more information on how to apply. We welcome applications from all analytical streams in addition to non-badged analysts working within civil service.