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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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Briefing papers:

Briefing Three: What we learned from sharing the research

Leila Baker, Niamh Goggin


Here we summarise what we learned from sharing the research and sets out three areas for further action: the narrative and language around social investment; workforce development and connecting grant funding with social investment

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Research reports:

People, places and health agencies: Lessons from Big Local residents

Leila Baker, Helen Garforth, Marilyn Taylor and Katie Turner, Katie Turner


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Latest blogs

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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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01 January 2017

Taking a strategic learning approach to evaluation


Nick Wilsdon, Learning & Evaluation Manager at the National Foundation for Youth Music shares his experience of embedding a strategic learning approach to evaluation. He highlights the journey of change, concluding with helpful tips for anyone embarking on a similar journey.



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02 December 2016

On the shoulders of giants: Charity leaders call for a ‘humble and modest’ social investment market

Leila Baker


Leila Baker, Head of research at IVAR shares some of the points made by speakers and guests during the lively Q&A session at our recent launch event for Small charities and social investment.



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06 November 2016

Getting on the impact bandwagon

Marilyn Taylor


IVAR associate, Professor Marilyn Taylor shares her thinking on Impact.



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19 October 2016

Community organisations push back on ‘data burden’

Mary Darking


Through academic collaboration and partnership working, organisations push back on the burden of monitoring, evaluation and impact.



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