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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



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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17 December 2018

3 things to notice from 'Slice and Dice' - a tool to explore GrantNav data visually

Suraj Vadgama | Product Lead at CAST

Suraj Vadgama, Product Lead at the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST), shares three things that stand out from his data visualisation to explore themes in grant funding.

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