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Recession Watch Revisited

Topline timings: July 2017 - September 2018

Live project

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.

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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

Live project

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

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 current cycle runs April 2016 - December 2017

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.


Evaluation of St John Ambulance First Aid Community Advocate Programme

Topline timings: April 2018 - March 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 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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Evaluation of First Give

Topline timings: September 2016-September 2017

Live project

Commissioned by:

First Give

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.


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Self-care - A new chapter for the Building Health Partnerships programme

Topline timings: April 2017 - June 2018

Live project

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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