The Institute for Volunteering Research, part of Volunteering England, has begun a research project asking young people what they want out of the Government's youth volunteering strategy.
Youth organisations do-it.org, the Youth Action Network and Kikass, and commercial organisation Dubit, will use their contacts to undertake viral and face-to-face research.
Research among around 500 largely marginalised young volunteers and non-volunteers will be analysed by the institute, which will also assess statistics based on the 2,000 young people who took part in Home Office citizenship surveys in 2001 and 2003.
The qualitative research will touch on the possibility of offering incentives and rewards, as well as young people's perceived image of volunteering, its access and barriers, motivations and benefits.
The study will be completed in June, and results will be sent to Ian Russell, head of the Government's commission on youth volunteering.