Who are we?
Originally set up by a group of young people, IARS is a user-led, UK-based leading, international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society.
Led by its founder and Director, Professor Dr. Theo Gavrielides and staffed with an expert and dedicated team of researchers, interns and volunteers, IARS achieves it charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision making. IARS is an international expert in criminal justice, restorative justice, rehabilitation, human rights and inclusion, citizenship, public services and user-led research/ evaluation.
As an independent, advocacy organisation we also have a mission to transform young people’s lives by enabling them to have a better future, and participate equally and democratically in civic life. IARS young people learn to inform policies and practices affecting them whether at a local, regional, national or international level. We are dedicated to helping deliver the EU Youth Strategy by "Investing and Empowering" our young people. To read some of their stories click here
Our constitutional arrangements
The IARS Articles of Association state that the charity is set up "To promote and contribute to the development and civic participation of young people, children and adult members of the community as individuals and members of society by:
- Providing an infrastructure, training, guidance and support to enable them to undertake research, studies or other activities to investigate the issues which affect them and;
- Encouraging, supporting and facilitating them to acquire a voice in democratic life, and use the useful results of that research and learning to increase awareness and understanding of the issues which affect them including amongst others decision makers, governments, policy makers, service providers and the public.
Delivering our charitable mission
We deliver our charitable mission:
- By carrying out action research and evaluation that is independent, credible, focused and current
- By acting as a network that brings people and ideas together, communicates best practice and encourages debates on current social problems
- By supporting the individual (with an emphasis on young people) to carry out their own initiatives to shape decision-making
- By being an authoritative, independent and evidence-based voice on current social policy matters.
We are known for our robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems, and we are considered a pioneer in user-involvement and the application of user-led research methods.
To read our story and how we came together as an organisation click here
IARS is guided by is three founding values.
To join the IARS family and to become a member click here
To read about our services and what we can offer to you click here