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.
Working in Place: Collaborative funding in practice
Learning from five case studies
Empowered communities in the 2020s
Briefing One: Work with Communities – exploring the issues
The first in a series of short reports sharing what we have heard so far. We have heard about a need to create open spaces where tough conversations can take place, where critical thinking and reflection is encouraged and where people can express and be challenged about their own views on difficult topics like immigration, like competition for scarce work, housing.
read the report
What does it mean to be a learning organisation?
A literature review exploring what a learning organisation actually is, how to become one and why you might want to. This was produced in the lead up to the May 2017 UK Evaluation Roundtable, a convening of funders where discussions centered on learning in responsive grant-making.
read the literature review
Use our research insights and resources to help strengthen your practice and formulate messages to funders.
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What challenges are you facing? We may be able to help.
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06 October 2017
The secret to collaborative funding in practice? Relationships, trust, time and reflection.
To celebrate the publication of our new research on working collaboratively in place, we asked some of the people who took part in our case studies what advice they would give to other organisations embarking on cross-sector partnership working in a particular geography.
02 October 2017
Council and Funder Collaboration: Islington’s story
Cripplegate Foundation is deeply rooted in Islington. Our history here goes back more than 500 years, and we exist to benefit Islington residents. As a place-based funder we value the knowledge and relationships we are able to develop in our area. There is no better example of this than the collaboration that has grown with Islington Council.
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