As a part of the first Hopkins study that the Institute for Social Research and the LOS Center (now the Uni Rokkan Center) collaborated on, local associations in Hordaland in 1998 were mapped out. This county was a natural choice, as similar studies were conducted in 1980 and 1990, which provided the opportunity to analyze changes in the organizational landscape. In 2009, a new mapping of local associations in all communes in Hordaland was conducted. In addition, a random stratified selection of communes was mapped out, and in 2013 a survey of national organizations were conducted.
It is necessary to update the data on both local and national organizations. On the local level, the project will entail a stratified sample survey where organizations that do not reply will be replaced by other organizations from a supplementary sample. In these surveys, we can have a core module of questions to all organizations as well as a customized module to apply to specific types of organizations, which will provide more clarity in the sectorial characteristics and challenges. This study will give us an updated overview of the organization landscape in connection to the White Paper to the Parliament, and will create the basis for other projects.
This project will entail new data collection concerning both local and national organizations. The project will have a sectorial focus with special modules for certain type of organizations (e.g. culture, hobby and recreational activities: sport; child- and youth organizations; organizations with a large population of immigrants, member-based education, health- and social organizations and other organizations with a social focus; non-profit welfare agents, housing and local community; religious organizations).
This study will answer questions concerning what changes occur in the population and form of organizations on a local, regional and national level, which social spheres the organizations primarily focus on, extent of membership, employees and economy, use of digital platforms and social media, as well as the contact with government agencies.