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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


Venetia Boon - Headshot

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.

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Creative carers

24 October 2017

'My hope is that once and for all, progress is made'

Maggie Sanderson

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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