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 February 2018
“Surviving a merger was the biggest test of my career"
Leah Swain, CEO of Community First Yorkshire, talks in the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network about her experience of leading Rural Action Yorkshire through a merger with North Yorkshire and York Forum.
29 January 2018
New resource for voluntary and community organisations
Our Chair explains why we've launched a new area of our website designed specifically for the CEOs and trustees of small organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
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