Assessing social impact through theory of change in voluntourism

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In recent years, voluntourism has been growing, catching the attention of academic research. Academic interest focused on investigating the specificity of this phenomenon, its definition and its impact, but more need to be done on assessing impact from host communities and stakeholders’ point of view, being able to identify reliable indicators that could be generally relevant and applicable.

The paper aims at identifying a set of the most relevant indicators for assessing the social and economic impact on host communities and stakeholders in the voluntourism sector in the light of the Theory of Change.

In order to achieve the expected results, a literature review has been carried out on three main topics: Voluntourism, Theory of change and Social Impact Assessment. To the extent of recognizing the proper indicators, a specific case study of a hybrid enterprise working in Italy will be selected for its peculiarities, in order to carry out in-depth interviews to its stakeholders and therefore reach the aforementioned goal of this paper.  


voluntourism; theory of change; social impact assessment

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