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Welcome to the Institute for Voluntary Action Research – 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.

Recently published


David Stone

03 September 2019

Failing Forward

David Stone | Totally Socially Project Co-ordinator

How Coast and Vale Community Action help communities turn ideas into reality - and see failure not as an end point, but as a starting point that provides crucial learning.

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27 August 2019

Sleepout or sleep in: keeping up with the new funding environment

Streetlife took part in our Duty to Care? research project. We asked them about their recent experience of working with trusts and foundations.

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