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Case Study Three: Volunteers Supporting Families (VsF), Southend

As part of the Volunteering and Early Childhood Outcomes evidence review we provided three case studies of current or recent volunteer programmes that illustrate and elaborate some of the points raised in the report. This is Case Study Three: Volunteers Supporting Families (VsF), Southend. 

The case studies are based on desk review of project documents and evaluation reports that include parents’ own views and experiences; and telephone interviews with key personnel in each of the projects.

Case Study Two: HENRY Parent Champions

As part of the Volunteering and Early Childhood Outcomes evidence review we provided three case studies of current or recent volunteer programmes that illustrate and elaborate some of the points raised in the report. This is Case Study Two: HENRY Parent Champions

The case studies are based on desk review of project documents and evaluation reports that include parents’ own views and experiences; and telephone interviews with key personnel in each of the projects.

Case Study One: Bradford Volunteer Doula Service

As part of the Volunteering and Early Childhood Outcomes evidence review we provided three case studies of current or recent volunteer programmes that illustrate and elaborate some of the points raised in the report. This is Case Study One: Bradford Volunteer Doula Service.

The case studies are based on desk review of project documents and evaluation reports that include parents’ own views and experiences; and telephone interviews with key personnel in each of the projects.

People, places and health agencies: Lessons from Big Local residents

Local Trust commissioned this research because health and wellbeing had been identified as a priority in many Big Local areas; and because the areas that were already working with health agencies said that this relationship was both rewarding and challenging. The research addressed two questions:

 

• Do Big Local areas and health agencies have common goals?

• How can they develop workable relationships?

Small charities and social investment

In our latest report we take a close look at the ‘social investment journey’ of 25 small charities, providing in-depth insights into their motivation, experience of the process, challenges encountered and the support they received. Identifying what is important to small organisations and what actions can improve the journey.

Thinking about sustainability

Expectations and requirements for ‘sustainability’ can become a source of misunderstanding and difficulty. This report looks at the meanings and assumptions behind the word and what funders can do to help.

Working in Place

In 2015, IVAR undertook a study of place-based approaches to funding, working with London Funders and overseen by a steering group of :


  • Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • City Bridge Trust
  • Comic Relief
  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Lankelly Chase Foundation
  • Tudor Trust
  • UK Community Foundations

The research aimed to shed light on the place-based approaches used by UK trusts and foundations, and identify learning about the pitfalls and successes of these approaches.

Using the findings from our research, we have produced a framework to support funders in the planning and implementation of place-based approaches. This is presented in the form of questions linked to key stages in the development of place-based working: rationale, design and delivery. The aim is to help funders to anticipate, address and review the challenges of place-based approaches in order to achieve their potential benefits.

12 steps to embedding social value priorities in health and care commissioning

This 12 step approach to embedding social value in health and care commissioning is informed by the learning from Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and IVAR’s joint three-year Health and Social Value Programme which worked in 12 areas with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), local authorities and the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector supporting the implementation of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. It sets out a tried and tested framework for commissioning authorities, VCSE and service users to agree, and implement social value priorities in health and care commissioning.

The Social Value Difference in Health and Care Commissioning

This short report, written by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), details the difference social value can make in health and care commissioning, and shares learning for other commissioning authorities to make the most of social value.

It presents the initial findings from the Health and Social Value Programme a joint SEUK and IVAR programme bringing together local CCGs, local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards and VCSE organisations in 12 areas across England.

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