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Building Health Partnerships

In partnership with: Social Enterprise UK

Topline timings: July 2018 - July 2020

Live project

Commissioned by:

NHS England and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund

The Building Health Partnerships (BHP) programme aims to deliver transformational changes to health and social care through developing and building partnerships between the health sector, the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector and local people; with a particular emphasis on facilitating patient participation in service design and reducing health inequalities.

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Exploring opportunities to align grant reporting

In partnership with: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Topline timings: April 2018 - present

Methodology & process: Facilitated workshops

Live project

A group of funders and charities have developed a set of principles to make grant reporting a shared, more meaningful and mutually beneficial experience.


Thinking about Risk

Thinking about... risk

Topline timings: February 2019 onwards

Live project

Funded by the IVAR Research Development Fund, in partnership with William Grant Foundation, this research project will consider risk in relation to the application, assessment and decision making stages of grant making, in order to draw out possible ways in which funders might rethink and reframe ‘risk’ in particular in relation to the funding of smaller organisations.

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National programmes and partnerships learning partner - Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Topline timings: July 2018- December 2019

Live project

Commissioned by:

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

IVAR has been appointed as the Foundation’s learning partner for their national programmes and partnerships work. We will be reviewing the Foundation’s approach to the design, implementation and evaluation of programmes and partnerships to date as well as providing critical friendship to Foundation staff as they embark on developing future initiatives. An important element of the evaluation will be understanding the role that an independent funder, such as Lloyds can play in supporting small charities to change policy and speak out on issues of injustice at local and national level.


Trust, power and collaboration: Funding relationships

Topline timings: October 2019 - February 2020

Live project

Commissioned by:

The Tudor Trust

IVAR has been funded by Tudor Trust to support and add value to a Newcastle Business School piece of research on local commissioning processes by extending its scope to focus on Voluntary and Community Sector organisations. IVAR will facilitate a series of conversations with VCS organisations, with the focus on the themes of trust, power and collaboration.


Evaluation of St John Ambulance First Aid Community Advocate Programme

Topline timings: April 2018 - July 2019

Methodology & process: Evaluation

Live project

Commissioned by:

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 and Evaluation

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Learning partner for Comic Relief intermediary funding

Topline timings: July 2019 - August 2020

Methodology & process: Facilitation

Live project

IVAR will work with Comic Relief as the Learning Partner for their work with intermediary funders in the UK to support reflection and learning of their processes and experiences.


IVAR is the long-term evaluator and learning partner for global leadership programme

Live project

Commissioned by:

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.

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The Evaluation Roundtable

Topline timings: The next full convening will be in 2020

Live project

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.


The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Topline timings: Completion October 2019

Methodology & process: Learning/evaluation

Live project

Commissioned by:

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

A review to draw out and summarise learning for other independent funders, both in the UK and further afield, about the phenomenon of a short lifespan.

Help on your doorstep

Connecting for Change

Topline timings: April 2019 - December 2022

Methodology & process: Learning/Evaluation

Live project

Commissioned by:

Help on your doorstep

Help on Your Doorstep aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Islington, especially those who are vulnerable and isolated. The programme aims to work with residents to find solutions to the issues which make life difficult, strengthen communities to do more for themselves and enable people to improve their life chances. IVAR has been appointed to conduct a four year evaluation on the Connecting for Change programme to assess its effectiveness. The approach will be formative, collaborative and aimed at informing Help on Your Doorstep’s future activity, as well as generating learning for relevant partners in Islington and the broader social sector.


Learning Partner to Pears #iwill Fund: Young Volunteers in Hospitals

Topline timings: January 2018 - September 2020

Methodology & process: Learning Partner

Live project

Commissioned by:

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

Live project

Commissioned by:

Tudor Trust

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.

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