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Permanent census of nonprofit institutions

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The permanent census of nonprofit institutions takes place every three years and provides a statistical picture of the sector structure  in Italy, by measuring size, organisation, and economic and social dimensions of nonprofit.

The first permanent census conducted by Istat in 2016 involved a sample of about 43 thousand units. The main results were released in December 2017, by providing information on the number of nonprofit institutions active in Italy and on their main structural characteristics. In April 2018, Istat completed the statistical framework through further releases of data and in-depth analysis regarding activities performed and services offered, workers and professional categories involved, economic dimension, stakeholders and communication tools.

The next survey is planned for 2020. Respondents will be informed by letter from the President of Istat. The questionnaire will be available online.
The strategy for the permanent census of nonprofit institutions is based on two key elements:

  • the use of a statistical register, created by Istat through the integration of several administrative and statistical sources, by providing continually updated data on the structural characteristics of the sector, including institutional structure, activities carried out and employees;
  • a triennial sample survey to complete the information framework. It provides information on thematic issues and time series analyses. The survey allows also verifying information on the statistical register.