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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 - July 2019

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.

Research

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Trust for London evaluation of funding plus activities


Topline timings: September 2018- January 2019


Live project


Commissioned by:

Trust for London

IVAR has been commissioned by Trust for London to evaluate its funding plus approach to supporting organisations. Trust for London’s approach encompasses a range of activity – from direct support provision, to commissioning research and convening networks. The evaluation will focus on whether their approach has contributed to the Trust’s ambition to increase the ability of funded organisations to influence policy in their areas of focus. The evaluation will examine this aim as well as shed light on any unintended outcomes. Through this evaluation, Trust for London hopes to gain a better understanding of effective grant making through funding plus activities.

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Economic assessment of assets in community ownership- Power to Change


In partnership with: Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University


Live project


Commissioned by:

Power to Change

A study for Power to Change working in partnership with Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. We will exploring community-owned assets through; literature review; mapping; economic assessment and case studies in local authorities.

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Shaping, changing and challenging practice: small charities and advocacy


Topline timings: Sept 2018- June 2019


Live project

Small voluntary and community organisations are at the heart of civil society approaches to tackling poverty, disadvantage, lack of opportunity and injustice, not just through the services that they provide, but through shaping, changing and challenging practice. This aspect of their work ranges from supporting individuals to understand their rights, through to attempts to change or challenge the status quo - such as influencing policy or social attitudes around a particular issue. IVAR is conducting a study that will take an in-depth look at the experiences of a group of small VCOs that are shaping, changing and challenging practice in order to produce useful, usable and, we hope, inspiring insights that other small VCOs can learn from.

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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.

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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 convening is in January 2019


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.

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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 and Evaluation

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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.

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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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