Tweet about this on Twitter Email this to someone Share on LinkedIn

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.

Recently published



28 March 2019

"From subordination to reciprocation"

Ben Cairns

From the archive: The text of Ben Cairns’ opening remarks at the September 2011 launch of ‘Beyond Money: Funding Plus in the UK’.

read-more read more

1190 Resus with a Difference web

07 March 2019

Community Health Melas

Kevin Walsh | District Governor for Rotary Clubs throughout Cumbria and Lancashire 2013-14

The concept is simple; give people the opportunity to have a Health MOT in a friendly, safe environment and provide them with the advice required to make appropriate lifestyle choices. This provides a framework for the NHS and local government to work with volunteers around priorities highlighted in the NHS Long Term Plan – particularly around early diagnosis and prevention.

read-more read more

Learn more about IVAR