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Welcome to IVAR. We are an independent charity that works closely with people and organisations striving for social change. From the very small that directly support the most vulnerable in their local communities, to those that work nationally – across the voluntary, public and funding sectors.

 

We use research to develop practical responses to the challenges faced and create opportunities for people to learn from our findings. This site is home to our bank of research and resources, providing insights that can help organisations adapt to change and make informed and confident decisions.

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Research reports:

Volunteering and early childhood outcomes

Jenny McLeish, Leila Baker, Helen Connolly, Houda Davis, Charlotte Pace, Celia Suppiah


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Publications:

Improving Evaluation Design

Ben Cairns, Katie Turner


A new resource for funders to support the design and commissioning of evaluation.

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Research reports:

Funder Collaboration: Is it worth it?

Leila Baker, Ben Cairns


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02 December 2016

On the shoulders of giants: Charity leaders call for a ‘humble and modest’ social investment market

Leila Baker


Leila Baker, Head of research at IVAR shares some of the points made by speakers and guests during the lively Q&A session at our recent launch event for Small charities and social investment.



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01 September 2016

Building a culture & structure for learning

Bridget McGing


At Pears Foundation, we place a strong emphasis on learning: both on our own learning, and the learning of our partners. It sits at the heart of our funding model, to 'commit, learn and refine', as well as supporting and informing the long-term, core-funding relationships that make up the majority of our giving.



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19 October 2016

Community organisations push back on ‘data burden’

Mary Darking


Through academic collaboration and partnership working, organisations push back on the burden of monitoring, evaluation and impact.



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