The analytical review "Volunteer — Museum — Society: Practice and Prospects" was initiated by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation to assess the first two years of the "Museum Volunteer" grant competition (2019–2020). To prepare a proper analysis, the Association of Cultural Managers — the competition operator — conducted a research on museum volunteering in Russia, in 2020.
It is the first attempt in Russia to provide analysis of the phenomenon of museum volunteering, based on empirical data, which was collected in museums of various profiles, size, management and legal entities.
The in-depth interview was chosen as an appropriate data-gathering method, and thirty-seven interviews were conducted in the following groups:
- experts in museum volunteering (Russian Federation, the Great Britain, the USA, Canada);
- volunteers and employees of museums in Russia.
Also, the online survey was carried out to obtain more comprehensive picture of the phenomenon. The working group of experts received, processed and analyzed 521 questionnaires (including 376 volunteers and 145 museum employees).