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IVAR has been appointed by Local Trust to carry out research that will scope and support the future of community development. Over the coming months we will look at what it needs to look like and who needs to be involved in order to empower communities in the 2020s.

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Through our work we get to meet and talk to driven, passionate and inspiring people working in communities across the country. Recently, we caught up with Karen Chandler, Chief Officer of Pembrokeshire People First.

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The third convening of the UK Evaluation Roundtable network will take place in London this May with the theme of learning in responsive grantmaking.

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This one-day event will provide insight into the unique contribution of volunteering and what works when designing, commissioning and implementing early prevention to achieve outcomes for babies, parents and communities.

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Building Change Trust and IVAR are running a seminar and discussion on Tuesday 21 March in Belfast. Ben Cairns will present the findings of Thinking about sustainability, followed by an open discussion on the potential relevance of this research for the sector and its funders in Northern Ireland.

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Simon Ryder runs The Floating Classroom, a huge electric barge moored in Paddington. It is used to teach school children, families and community groups whilst travelling along the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals.

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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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The Refugee and Migrant Centre are responding to the vast increase in demand - growing from being a small to a medium sized organisation.

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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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