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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.

Latest publications


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14 November 2018

How to embed youth volunteering - meaningfully

Annie Caffyn

The challenges of embedding volunteering are well-documented – from the shifting sands of voluntary services to staff perceptions and the need for regular communication and support. We've collated tips and tricks from hospital volunteer coordinators.

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08 November 2018

'If not us, then who?'

Katie Turner

Senior researcher Katie Turner reflects on her conversations with small charities in Ealing, as part of research to understand what is distinctive and valuable about them relative to larger charities and public bodies.

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