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Design-X Project: Why Do Good?

Project advisors: 
A/P Jennifer Ang, email:, tel: +65 6248 4382
Dr Lim Yiru, email:, tel: +65 6248 4441

Volunteerism rate has generally decreased across all demographic groups in Singapore. According to the findings of the 2018 Individual Giving Survey (IGS) conducted by the NPVC, the national volunteerism rate stood at 29% and was largely performed on an occasional and informal basis. Yet, 70% of Singaporeans expressed that they are keen to volunteer, while citing other life priorities as taking precedence to volunteering because volunteering involves sacrifice and effort.

This project aims to find out motivations of altruism and drivers of pro-social behaviours broadly, and attitudes and perceptions of volunteers specifically. Students in this project will learn to co-develop assessment tools with faculty supervisor(s) and community partner(s) and conduct study on SUSS student volunteers (and other volunteers if permitted by community partners) to understand and inform volunteer engagement efforts. Students will learn the elements of social research in the following way:

  1. Understand social issues of the identified community 
  2. Map the landscape and aims of community involvement
  3. Identify and clarify outcomes for volunteers
  4. Define and explain indicators of outcomes for volunteers
  5. Survey attitudes and perceptions of volunteers
  6. Present findings, analysis, and recommendations 

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