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.
Using the law to effect social change
Four lessons on strategic litigation from our case study of the collaborative process, led by Detention Action, that led to the suspension of the Detained Fast Track.
The story of five funding partnerships
Responding to recent shifts in policy and the economy, some public and independent funders are working together on a range of issues from mental health crisis-care to school exclusion.
How can communities become powerful?
‘Create open spaces where tough conversations can take place.’
Interim findings from our research into how communities can become empowered over the next 10 years.
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06 November 2017
‘Don’t expect people to come to you’ and other reflections on co-production in grant-making
Venetia Boon | Children and Young People's Grants Manager at Comic Relief
Venetia shares her experience of getting young people involved in the grant-making process.
24 October 2017
'My hope is that once and for all, progress is made'
Maggie Sanderson is a carer who attended the first Herefordshire and Worcestershire partnership meeting for Building Health Partnerships. Here, she shares why she went along and what she hopes the programme will achieve.
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