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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.

Recently published



09 April 2020

Covid-19: How funders can support grantees responding to the pressures of uncertainty

Ben Cairns

Six ideas and priorities highlighted by the leaders attending our first round of online peer support sessions for VCSE organisations.

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05 April 2020

Covid-19: How funders can ease reporting requirements

Ben Cairns | IVAR and Gina Crane | Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Funders across the UK are busy adapting their processes to better support their grantees and the wider sector in the face of the spread and emerging impact of the coronavirus. We asked what immediate action they are taking to lighten the reporting load on grantees and be truly responsive.

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