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NCVO's Institute for Volunteering Research is a world-class research agency and part of NCVO.

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, Amnesty International, the Samaritans, the National Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Orange and BT. Hear what people say about our work.

We have active partnerships with Northumbria University, keeping us at the cutting edge of social research. We are part of NCVO, connecting us to more than 11,000 members and key policy makers.    

We disseminate our work through academic papers and thinkpieces, conferences, and a quarterly newsletter.

We offer free reports and evaluations through our Evidence Bank, home to more than 250 items. 

How we can help you

We offer a range of services, including:

  • Volunteer programme evaluations

  • Impact assessments

  • 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

To find out more:

  • follow us on @IVRtweets
  • call us on 020 7520 2484
  • email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

IVR is part of NCVO, Registered Charity Number 225922.

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