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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


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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Gina Crane - picture

15 May 2018

Grant reporting is broken. Can we fix it?

Gina Crane | Communications and Learning Manager at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

'Funder-led. Bureaucratic. Time-consuming. Misunderstood.' These are words used to describe grant reporting by six UK funders and six organisations they fund, at a workshop run by IVAR and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in April. Read about the discussions and share your thoughts about grant reporting.

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