Founded in 1997, IVR is a world-class research agency.
We undertake practical and robust research to improve policy and practice. We use innovative and up-to-date research tools and have developed our own highly successful toolkits.
We work with a wide range of organisations, including the UN, the European Commission, DfID, Defra, the Department of Health, the Samaritans, the National Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Orange and BT. Hear what people say about our work.
We have active partnerships with Birkbeck, University of London and Northumbria University, keeping us at the cutting edge of social research. We are part of NCVO, connecting us to the latest policy debates and practice issues.
We disseminate our work through academic papers and thinkpieces, conferences, and a quaterly newsletter.
We offer free reports and evaluations through our Evidence Bank, home to more than 200 items.
How we can help you
We offer a range of services, including:
Volunteer programme evaluations
Quantitative volunteer surveys and volunteering audits
Action research and participatory research
Literature reviews and evidence assessments
Expert advice and guidance on researching and evaluating volunteering