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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


Dan P

05 February 2019

All funders owe it to the sector to continue to improve their thinking on continuation funding

Dan Paskins | Senior Head of Portfolio Development at the National Lottery Community Fund

What many charities want isn’t just a single grant for one, three or even five years, but some funding to try things out, and then more funding to keep their activities going and develop them further.

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18 December 2018

Core funding is the answer - whatever the research question

Ben Cairns

Ben reflects that in recent years whatever our research question, the answers often included something about the need for core funding.

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