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Welcome to the Institute for Voluntary Action Research – 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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Ben Cairns from IVAR and Sara Llewelin from Barrow Cadbury Trust

14 January 2021

Where to start when everything is so uncertain

Ben Cairns | IVAR, Sara Llewellin | Barrow Cadbury Trust

Ben Cairns and Sara Llewellin explore how alignment helps trusts and foundations (as well as organisations of any kind) navigate uncertainty.

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 pictured at Mary Immaculate College Limerick.
Pic: Press 22

03 December 2020

From isolation to opportunity – my story of adapting to Covid

Patricia Kieran | Irish Institute for Catholic Studies

As Director of the Irish Institute for Catholic Studies, a small organisation based in Limerick, Patricia Kieran discusses her journey through the Covid-19 crisis - from isolation to opportunity.

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