Recession Watch Revisited
Topline timings: July 2017 - September 2018
In 2017 we are revisiting the voluntary organisations that took part our 2012 'Recession Watch' research to understand if and how their circumstances and outlook have changed. We will also carry out a series of interviews and discussions with independent funders to reflect upon changes in funding practice over the last five years, with the aim of highlighting the most useful and/or progressive practices.
The value of small: Evidencing the distinctive contribution of small and medium sized charities
In partnership with: Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
This new study will take an in-depth look at the vital social and economic role of small and medium sized charities operating at a local level in England and Wales.
Learning and Evaluation
IVAR is the long-term evaluator and learning partner for global leadership programme
The Atlantic Philanthropies
The Atlantic Institute is the hub for the Atlantic Fellows programmes, a global initiative to empower and connect dynamic individuals committed to working together across disciplines and borders to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. The programme supports growing communities of emerging leaders tackling critical 21st Century challenges related to race, health and economic equity. It was launched in 2016 and is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation.
The Evaluation Roundtable
Topline timings: The current cycle runs April 2016 - December 2017
The Evaluation Roundtable is a network of foundation leaders in the UK, the U.S. and Canada. The Roundtable aims to improve evaluative practice in foundations by infusing it with cutting-edge ideas, and by providing foundation staff with an opportunity to refine and deepen their thinking and practice.
Evaluation of St John Ambulance First Aid Community Advocate Programme
Topline timings: April 2018 - March 2019
Methodology & process: Evaluation
St John Ambulance
IVAR has been asked by St John Ambulance to help evaluate the impact of their First Aid Community Advocate programme, a radically new approach to volunteering which involves recruiting, training and mobilising volunteers to advocate for the importance of first aid and provide training to vulnerable communities.
Learning Partner to Pears #iwill Fund: Young Volunteers in Hospitals
Topline timings: January 2018 - September 2020
Methodology & process: Learning Partner
Pears #iwill Fund
Pears Foundation, in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is leading a dedicated strand of the #IWill Fund focused on supporting the growth of inclusive, high-quality, youth social action opportunities through NHS Trusts and their respective charities. We have been appointed as learning partner to the fund and will be working with Pears Foundation, the #iwill campaign, volunteer coordinators in funded NHS Trusts and partners.
Tudor Trust Support Programme
We provide bespoke organisational reviews to support grantees of the Tudor Trust. These reviews take place across England and involve working with trustees and staff of smaller community-based social welfare organisations.
Evaluation of First Give
Topline timings: September 2016-September 2017
We are working with First Give to evaluate their schools programme which seeks to introduce students to ideas around citizenship and philanthropy. This will be their first independent evaluation and will support them in developing the future programme.
The Child Sexual Exploitation Funders Alliance (CSEFA) has been created with the intention of aligning funding from trusts and foundations to bring about a step change in the way that child sexual exploitation is dealt with across the UK. We have been commissioned to conduct a light touch evaluation that will focus on the alliance itself, the challenges and achievements of this form of funder collaboration and the underlying assumption that aligned funding is a suitable strategy for achieving systemic change in a complex field such as child sexual exploitation.
Self-care - A new chapter for the Building Health Partnerships programme
Topline timings: April 2017 - June 2018
We are pleased to announce that we will be running a programme focused on self care in 8 Sustainability and Transformation areas across the UK. Funded by NHS England and Big Lottery Fund.
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