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In recent months we have been looking into theory and ideas that might help us figure out just what good learning looks like.

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Leila Baker, Head of research at IVAR shares the story behind the research. Bringing together the team, how the research questions were formed and discovering gaps in the evidence.

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Nick Wilsdon, Learning & Evaluation Manager at the National Foundation for Youth Music shares his experience of embedding a strategic learning approach to evaluation. He highlights the journey of change, concluding with helpful tips for anyone embarking on a similar journey.

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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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Small Organisations: The Journey to Investment

November 2016

Niamh Goggin

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Associate researcher Niamh Goggin reflects on her experience of our recent research into charities and social investment.

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Getting on the impact bandwagon

November 2016

Marilyn Taylor

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IVAR associate, Professor Marilyn Taylor shares her thinking on Impact.

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Sara Llewellin, Chief executive at Barrow Cadbury trust shares her experience of the IVAR strategic review process.

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

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Reflecting our own sustainability plan

September 2016

Ben Cairns

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During the discussions about the renewal of our core funding in 2015, we were asked about our ‘sustainability plan’ – in other words, what was our plan to diversify income and ‘reduce reliance on core funding’. The assumption behind this encouragement/test was that organisations in receipt of core funding over an extended period could not be regarded as ‘sustainable’.

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Building a culture & structure for learning

September 2016

Bridget McGing

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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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