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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


Harriet Lowe 07 2

25 July 2018

How are we using the law as a tactic for social change?

Harriet Lowe | Communications & Research Officer at The Baring Foundation

Law and human rights based approaches can be important tools for civil society. But when and how are they used by the UK voluntary sector? The Baring Foundation's Communications and Research Officer introduces the findings of their review of the evidence base around legal action by the voluntary sector.

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Tessa Hibbert - Blagrave

07 June 2018

Grant reporting - can we fix it? Yes we can!

Tessa Hibbert | Regional Partnerships Manager at The Blagrave Trust

A response to last month's blog about the state of grant reporting. Tessa Hibbert says it can be fixed, and shares The Blagrave Trust's approach.

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