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Social resources of non-governmental organizations: empirical dimension of research


Full involvement of the civil society’s potential to implement social change and to solve urgent problemsrequires the ability to assess NGOs resources. In this regard, there is a practical need in forming conceptualunderstanding of the NGOs social resources and the development of appropriate tools for their empirical research.

Article suggests a review of the theoretical and empirical approaches to design NGOs resources classifications andtheir research. The authors propose to complete the list of resources with the following items: informational andspiritual cultural resources. It is also proposed to combine the moral, cultural and spiritual cultural resources intoa general category–«socio-cultural resources». It is argued that it is expedient to create a “model” classification ofcivil society social resources through the combination of the resource mobilization theory and socio-culturalapproach.

Paper presents the modified categorical classification and typology of NGOs social resources andindicators to use in empirical research of NGOs resources based on the proposed classification. The classificationand related indicators will be used in the empirical studies of NGOs in Ukraine and will be refined after theobtained results.

Identifying and measuring the most important types of NGOs social resources will enableimprovement of state policy on civil society development and will facilitate the interaction of Ukrainian NGOs, bothamong themselves and with foreign partners.

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