HEART (Health and Education Advice and Resource Team)

HEART is a consortium of leading organisations in international development, health, nutrition and education. IDS works together with these organisations to support the use of evidence and expert advice in policymaking.

The HEART website showcases knowledge products from a resource centre providing DFID staff and other development actors with health, education and nutrition knowledge and expertise.

HEART helps time-pressured decision-makers better understand, interpret and apply health, nutrition and education evidence. Our knowledge and consultancy services are tailored to support policy decisions and we respond rapidly to requests for assistance as they arise.

What services does HEART offer?

Email newsletter: Sign up for our regular HEART newsletter and keep up-to-date on resources and developments in international health, nutrition and education. It will also highlight our most recent helpdesk reports and consultancy updates.

Helpdesk service: A rapid response research service with a quick turnaround time. Helpdesk reports include literature reviews, document searches and summaries of research papers and other relevant evidence. They are designed to provide the most relevant evidence to address particular policy queries from DFID staff and partners.

Consultancy services: We offer short-term technical support, including reviews and evaluations, strategy think-pieces, specialist reports and programme design. We shortlist, contract and manage consultants and ensure they meet the terms of reference provided by our client.

Topic Guides and Document Library: This work responds to the need of DFID advisers and partners to access robust evidence synthesised in ways that make it accessible and relevant.

Support to DFID professional development: eLearning and a training directory will help DFID advisers to acquire a more in-depth knowledge about topics of strategic interest.

Key contact

Sandra Baxter is Manager for the Human Development Resource Centre, and works in IDS Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915788

E: s.baxter@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Catherine Holley,  Information Officer for the Human Development Resource Centre (HDRC) in IDS Knowledge Services.

T: +44 (0)1273 915756

E: c.grant@ids.ac.uk

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Laura Bolton, Research Officer, Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915769

E: l.bolton@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915686

E: s.thompson@ids.ac.uk

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Project Dates:
November 2012 - July 2016
Project Status:
Research Themes / Programmes:
Sustainable Development Goals