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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


Leah Swain Guardian

06 February 2018

“Surviving a merger was the biggest test of my career"

Leah Swain, CEO of Community First Yorkshire, talks in the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network about her experience of leading Rural Action Yorkshire through a merger with North Yorkshire and York Forum.

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29 January 2018

New resource for voluntary and community organisations

Jane Hatfield

Our Chair explains why we've launched a new area of our website designed specifically for the CEOs and trustees of small organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

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19 December 2017

Strategies for survival

At a recent Roundtable discussion for CEOs of voluntary organisations, Arvinda Gohil, CEO of Community Links, discussed her organisation's recent partnership with Catch22.

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