Inter-organisation or cross-funder collaboration has become a common feature in the life of many voluntary bodies; be it in response to the policy environment, to achieve financial security, enhance organisational capacity or improve service provision. To make any kind of collaboration a success, organisations need to navigate a number of questions from what form should the collaboration take, to how to minimise any of the tensions that may emerge.

In this session Eliza Buckley, Head of Research & Development at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) will tell us about their extensive research in this area and explore the various approaches organisations can take to collaboration. She will share their experience of the spectrum of collaboration, the advantages and challenges.

In response we will also be joined by Dave Yates PhD, Strategy and Change Manager (Collaboration) at Girlguiding and The Scouts. Dave is currently leading on a project, jointly funded by Pears Foundation #iwill Fund partnership with Big Lottery Fund and the DCMS, across both organisations to explore how closer collaboration can grow and extend their reach. With his experience working across Scouts and Girlguiding he will provide a unique and practical perspective on organisational and funder collaboration.

Participants will have a chance to ask questions about collaborating with other organisations and also how to navigate the challenges that they may face making it work. They leave with frameworks for collaboration to guide them through any future partnerships.


This is open to all Pears Grantees but will be particularly relevant for chief executives, senior management and trustees.

If you’d like to book a place please contact Rachel Franklin (

Trainer Biography

Eliza Buckley

As Head of Research & Development at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), Eliza oversees the delivery and quality of IVAR’s research portfolio and leads development of new work.. Eliza is particularly interested in the role and responsibility of independent charitable funders and her work in this area includes: Beyond Money; Duty of Care; and research on Place-based funding approaches.

She previously held research, communications and policy roles at organisations including the National Children’s Bureau Research Centre (leading research on care experienced young people), Child Poverty Action Group and the National Literacy Trust.

Dave Yates, PhD

Dave is an anthropologist, researcher, and consultant. Since completing his PhD, he has contracted for corporations and entrepreneurs helping them to understand their organisational design, structure, and support developmental change where required, in line with their organisational goals.

Dave has now been working for both the Scouts and Girlguiding since June 2018. Using a mix of qualitative research and facilitation, he is exploring where collaboration between the two movements already exists and where there are barriers/ enablers to future closer collaboration.

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)

IVAR is an independent research charity that works closely with organisations that are striving for social change. From the very small that directly support the most vulnerable in their local communities, to those that work nationally – across the voluntary, public and funding sectors. They use research to develop practical responses to the challenges faced and create opportunities for people to learn from their findings.

Extra Information

The event will start at 12.00 pm with lunch and end by 2pm.

A vegetarian lunch will be served; if you have any dietary requirements please let us know.

JHub is in Haskell House, 152 West End Lane, London, NW6 1SD. For directions please follow this link.

Please note there is no parking at JHub.