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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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07 August 2017

Moving into research

Katie Turner

Katie, one of our Senior Researchers, recently contributed to the Social Research Association's magazine 'Research Matters'. She wrote about her experience of moving into research and, in particular, of discovering how research can benefit those participating in it.

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02 February 2017

Learning in responsive grant making – Thinking out loud

Houda Davis

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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