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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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ACRE Network Village Hall Information and Advice research

Topline timings: April- October 2018

Methodology & process: Interviews, Survey and Online discussion

Live project

Commissioned by:

Action with Communities Rural England (ACRE)

IVAR has been commissioned by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) to conduct research that will help them to strengthen their advice and information service to village halls. Working with ACRE staff, the research looks at how this service is currently conducted and funded across the different regions and considers how it can be developed in the future

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

Topline timings: July 2018- December 2019

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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.


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.


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.

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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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