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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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30 July 2020

Covid-19 in 50 languages

Mike Aiken

Mike Aiken looks at how one Sussex charity - Sussex Interpreting Services - has re-designed their entire service, at short notice, to continue providing vital support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Nancy and Sonakshi

09 July 2020

6 reflections on collaboration during Covid-19

Nancy Towers | SEUK & Sonakshi Anand | IVAR

We share the challenges to and pressures of cross-sector partnership working in healthcare settings during the pandemic.

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