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Paloma Raggo

International nonprofits; leadership; organizational accountability; global philanthropy; online teaching; and mixed-methods research

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2555
Office:5135 Richcraft Hall

Assistant Professor

Teaching Concentrations: Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Courses Taught: Research Methods; Globalization of Philanthropy

Dr. Paloma Raggo is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration and teaches in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. Carleton University’s new Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. Paloma has a PhD in political science with a dual specialty in public policy/administration and international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research interests include international nonprofit/INGO leadership, organizational accountability, global philanthropy, online teaching, and mixed methodologies. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the associate director of the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) of the Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods held at Syracuse University. She has received research related awards from the Canadian Association of Nonprofit Research and Social Economy Research (ANSER-ARES) (Best Thesis 2015), the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (Emergent Scholar Award 2014), the Society for Political Methodology and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (John Garcia Award 2011).

Paloma’s current research follows three streams: international NGO/nonprofit governance, qualitative methodologies, and online teaching. With regards to international NGO/nonprofit governance, she is now working on her book manuscript: “Leaders’ Accounts” in which she analyzes the accountability views of 152 executive leaders of international NGOs/nonprofits. She is currently working on several research projects and was recently awarded a research grant to study the phenomenon of “Accountability Dissonance”, a follow-up of her doctoral work, within one international nonprofit organization. What does accountability mean for international nonprofits and their stakeholders? At what level of decision-making do accountability views vary within the organization? Do leaders view accountability similarly to those implementing it and how are these views affecting a NPO’s behavior in accountability terms? In one of her current project related to qualitative methodologies, she analyzes the constraints and implications of using expert interviews as primary sources of evidence. Lastly, she is now working on another book manuscript (co-authored) on the challenges and opportunities with online teaching from a faculty perspective.

At Carleton University, Paloma has taught courses on the Globalization of Philanthropy, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, and the Capstone community-partner seminar. She received an Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award from Carleton University in 2014. She currently serves on the board of directors of the ANSER-ARES, co-founded the Global Issues and Transnational Actors (GITA) interest group of ARNOVA, and is now part of Carleton University’s Strategic Working Group on Online and Blended Learning.

Researching the Third Sector: Approaches, Methods, and Applications

Open Call for a Special Issue to VOLUNTAS


Guest Editors:

Mirae Kim, PhD.
Associate Professor
Department of Public Management and Policy
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University, USA

Paloma Raggo, PhD.
Assistant Professor
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
School of Public Policy and Administration
Carleton University, Canada

Please send abstracts between 300 to 400 words no later than May 15, 2020 to Please see submission guidelines in attachment.

Full paper submissions for initial review by guest editors will be due October 15, 2020.

The methodological toolbox of researchers investigating the third sector is diverse in terms of epistemologies, approaches, academic traditions, fundamental assumptions, methods, and practice. However, our conversations and debates often focus on the results of our studies, not the research processes behind the findings. There is an increasing demand for greater transparency in research processes and decisions from peer reviewers, editors, funding agencies, institutional review boards, students, organizations we partner with, and other stakeholders involved in the research endeavor. With this increased demand for greater research accountability, scholars have been asked to justify their methodologies in the research they publish. Yet, there are very few methodological articles published about the process of researching the third sector, its challenges, and implications despite the centrality of methodology for published and peer reviewed research.

In this themed issue, interested contributors are invited to think about the methods, research processes, and challenges specific to the study of the third sector.

The ideal final contribution would be between 4000 to 5000 words including citations. It would narrow down to one particular research issue, theme, method, or approach. Please refer to the detailed calls for guidelines.

Contributions should reflect the broad diversity of research in our field. Scholars studying a broad range of organizations, people, and critical issues are invited to contribute. Some of the research focus could include (but is not limited to): grassroots organizations, governance research, leadership, fundraising, volunteerism, activism, nonprofit organizations, civil society organizations, international nongovernmental organizations, foundations, philanthropists, volunteerism, and the social economy.

Contributions can include but are not limited to the following methodological themes:

  • Access to data
  • Archival research
  • Big data analysis
  • Case study research
  • Coding (qualitative and/or quantitative)
  • Content analysis
  • Data standards
  • Defining the unit of analysis
  • Ethical research
  • Ethnographic research
  • Experiments (Natural, Lab, Quasi, Survey)
  • Feminist Research
  • Images and visual data
  • Interpretive approaches
  • Interviewing
  • Levels of analysis issues
  • Machine learning
  • Measurement issues/challenges
  • Mixed-method research designs
  • Participatory research
  • Qualitative data software
  • Qualitative interviewing
  • Quantitative analysis/large datasets
  • Social Media data analysis
  • Surveys
  • Textual analysis (manual and automated)
  • Transparency in research

Feel free to contact  if you have any questions regarding a potential contribution to this themed issue.

Abstract submission guidelines:

Include email and corresponding address (not included in word count)

  • Title of the paper
  • 300-400 word abstract (not including citations)
  • Abstract should clearly address the three essential aspects as discussed above.
  • Please submit in a word document and include your last name in the document’s name (example:Lastname_methodspiece.docx)
  • Include in the subject of your email: Voluntas Method themed issue


  • May 15, 2020: Submission of abstracts to themed issue guest editor
  • June 1, 2020: Selected authors receive an invite to submit a full manuscript
  • October 15, 2020: Submission of 4000-5000-word documents (including citations) to themed issue guest editors.
  • January 5, 2020: Papers reviewed by themed issue guest editors and returned to authors with feedback.
  • March 1, 2021: Authors revise their papers for blind peer review and submit directly to VOLUNTAS.