Learning in responsive grant making – Thinking out loud
In recent months we have been looking into theory and ideas that might help us figure out just what good learning looks like.
Volunteering and early childhood outcomes: an evidence review
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.
Taking a strategic learning approach to evaluation
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.
On the shoulders of giants: Charity leaders call for a ‘humble and modest’ social investment market
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.
How are we doing? A quick account of the Barrow Cadbury Trust strategic review
Sara Llewellin, Chief executive at Barrow Cadbury trust shares her experience of the IVAR strategic review process.
Community organisations push back on ‘data burden’
Through academic collaboration and partnership working, organisations push back on the burden of monitoring, evaluation and impact.
Reflecting our own sustainability plan
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’.
Building a culture & structure for learning
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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