Follow-up Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (FSGVP)

Detailed information for 2004 (follow-up of 2000)





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The purpose of this survey is to follow-up a sample of respondents from the 2000 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP) and collect data regarding unpaid volunteer activities and charitable giving. The results will help build a better understanding of changes to these from one period to the next.

Data release - June 5, 2006


The Follow-up Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (FSGVP) is the result of a partnership of federal government departments and voluntary sector organizations that includes Imagine Canada, Canadian Heritage, Health Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada and Volunteer Canada. The FSGVP provides longitudinal estimates of changes in giving, volunteering and participating, and the reasons for these changes.

The objectives of the FSGVP are threefold:

1) To examine the flows in and out of giving, volunteering and participating.
2) To estimate the changes in contributions of core givers and volunteers.
3) To help understand any differences in the cross-sectional estimates between the 2000 NSGVP and the 2004 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP).


  • Labour
  • Society and community
  • Unpaid work
  • Volunteering and donating

Data sources and methodology

Target population

Individuals from the 2000 NSGVP target population (now aged 19 and older) still living in the 10 provinces, excluding the newly institutionalized population. Immigrants who arrived after 2000 are excluded.

Instrument design

The questionnaire was extensively tested by a pilot survey (April 2004).


This is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design and a longitudinal follow-up.

The sample for the FSGVP was selected from the 2000 NSGVP respondents who provided a complete interview. The stratification was done by region, volunteer status, and giving status.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2004-09-13 to 2004-12-03

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Data was collected using a computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) system. Responses to survey questions were captured directly by the interviewer at the time of the interview using a computerized questionnaire. The FSGVP was administered to the selected 2000 NSGVP respondent. If the selected person was not available, the interviewer arranged for a convenient time to phone back. Respondents who moved to another location in Canada were traced and interviewed. Proxy response was not allowed.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Error detection

The first stage of survey processing undertaken at head office was the replacement of any "out-of-range" values on the data file with blanks. This process was designed to make further editing easier.

The first type of error treated was errors in questionnaire flow, where questions which did not apply to the respondent (and should therefore not have been answered) were found to contain answers. In this case a computer edit automatically eliminated superfluous data by following the flow of the questionnaire implied by answers to previous, and in some cases, subsequent questions.

The second type of error treated involved a lack of information in questions which should have been answered. For this type of error, a non-response or "not-stated" code was assigned to the item except for certain cases where an imputation process was used to derive a value.


All imputations involved donors that were selected using a score function. For each item non-response or partial non-response records (also called recipient records), we compared certain characteristics to characteristics from all the donors. When the characteristics were the same between a donor and the recipient, a value was added to the score of that donor. The donor with the highest score was deemed the "closest" donor and was chosen to fill in missing pieces of information of the non-respondents. If there was more than one donor with the highest score, a random selection occurred. The pool of donors was made up in such a way that the imputed value assigned to the recipient, in conjunction with other non-imputed items from the recipient would still pass the edits.


For the microdata file, statistical weights were placed on each record to represent the number of sampled persons that the record represents. The starting point for the weighting of the 2004 FSGVP respondents is their final weights from the 2000 NSGVP. The weighting for the FSGVP consists of several adjustments: adjustment for partial response in the 2000 NSGVP, adjustment for sub-sampling within the strata, adjustment for selected respondents who could not be traced, adjustments for non-response, and identification of outliers and adjustment of the weights for outliers. The last step of weighting consists of an adjustment (calibration) to make population estimates consistent with Census projections for persons 19 years and older (by region, sex and age group).

Quality evaluation

Considerable time and effort was made to reduce non-sampling errors in the survey. Quality assurance measures were implemented at each step of the data collection and processing cycle to monitor the quality of the data. These measures included the use of highly skilled interviewers, extensive training of interviewers with respect to the survey procedures and questionnaire, observation of interviewers to detect problems of questionnaire design or misunderstanding of instructions, procedures to ensure that data capture errors were minimized and coding and edit quality checks to verify the processing logic.

Interviewer training consisted of reading the FSGVP Procedures Manual, Interviewers' Manual, practicing with the FSGVP training cases on the computer, and discussing any questions with senior interviewers before the start of the survey. A description of the background and objectives of the survey was provided, as well as a glossary of terms and a set of questions and answers.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

No public use microdata file will be produced by Statistics Canada and data will not be made available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI).

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology does not apply to this survey.

Data accuracy

While considerable effort is made to ensure high standards throughout all stages of collection and processing, the resulting estimates are inevitably subject to a certain degree of error. These errors can be broken down into two major types: non-sampling and sampling.

Non-response is an important source of non-sampling error. The cross-sectional response rate for the 2004 FSGVP was 72%, and the longitudinal response rate was 45%.

The basis for measuring the potential size of sampling errors is the standard error of the estimates derived from survey results. Because of the large variety of estimates that can be produced from a survey, the standard error of an estimate is usually expressed relative to the estimate to which it pertains. This resulting measure, known as the coefficient of variation (CV) of an estimate, is obtained by dividing the standard error of the estimate by the estimate itself and is expressed as a percentage of the estimate.

Please refer to the User Guide for detailed information.

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