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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.

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Chris Mills

26 November 2020

Measuring what matters: Valuing the voluntary sector in East Sussex

Chris Mills

In this short blog, we investigate the value of the VCSE sector beyond economic worth – encouraging VCSEs to be bolder in demonstrating their value to their community.

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20 November 2020

Never underestimate young potential

Aga Dychton | West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Young volunteers are bringing some normality to West Hertfordshire Hospitals as they respond to Covid-19 - with a smile, and a hot tea.

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Portrait Ciorsdan 2

19 November 2020

The good, the bad and the future

Ciorsdan Brown | The Goldsmiths' Company

In the sixth and final of our learning from lockdown blog series, Ciorsdan Brown describes how The Goldsmiths' Company family united around a shared vision to deliver emergency grants.

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