Knowledge and Communications for Development
Strategically mobilising evidence and analysis so it can inform and shape development policy, practice and discourse is integral to what we do at IDS and our unique ‘engaged excellence approach’.
We have a strong reputation for high quality and impactful knowledge exchange and policy and research communications across a wide variety of project and programme work funded by donors including government agencies, multilateral organisations, private foundations, businesses and NGOs.
Our team of experts bring particular experience and expertise in the following areas:
- Evidence into Use – including strategic research uptake and policy analysis
- High quality research communications products designed for maximum impact.
- Programme-focused digitally-enabled knowledge exchange products and best practise
- Monitoring, evaluation and learning
Our approach and our values
We seek to work in close collaboration with our partners from the inception to the successful delivery of projects and programmes.
Fundamentally our work is based on the principle that decision-making and practice will ultimately be more effective where it demands, and is informed by, good quality, contextually relevant evidence.
We work in partnership, through networks and consortia, to bring together a diversity of engaged stakeholders to co-create, share, mobilise and evaluate the impact of this evidence. We hope that through our approach we can address the inequalities that exist around the production and sharing of knowledge for development and bring about real change in people’s lives.
GODAN Action - Enabling practical engagement with open data in agriculture and nutrition
GODAN Action brings together agriculture and nutrition specialists and open data experts and will support GODAN in its mission by building people’s capacity to engage with open data More details
The Impact Initiative
Four year initiative that will seek to maximise the impact of research funded by the ESRC DFID Strategic Partnership. More details
Creating an Evidence Map to Support the Strategic Use of Evidence within the International HIV/AIDS Alliance
The Knowledge Impact and Policy Team at IDS is supporting the HIV AIDS Alliance Secretariat in the development of an Evidence Map to make accessing and interpreting research evidence on the outcomes of their programmes quicker and easier. More details
A Demonstration Project: How Active Data Can be Shaped and Provide Strong Evidence-Based Programming
In an attempt to make better use of what is available, IDS is leading on a pilot programme which examines sets of participatory and systemic data with a view to increase understanding of how data is collected, analysed and shared in development programming. More details
Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security
This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people. More details
Social Science in Humanitarian Action: a Communication for Development Platform
The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development Platform aims to establish networks of social scientists with regional and subject expertise to rapidly provide insight, analysis and advice, tailored to demand and in accessible forms, to better design and implement the social and communication dimensions of emergency responses. More details
Gender mainstreaming from the ground up for the World Food Programme
A participatory action-learning and knowledge sharing programme to improve WFPs gender-mainstreaming practices. More details
Voices for Change 'Gender Hub'
IDS knowledge-sharing professionals are developing a prototype e-hub for gender experts in Nigeria More details
Ebola Response Anthropology Platform
Anthropologists from around the world providing advice on how to engage with crucial socio-cultural and political dimensions of the Ebola outbreak and build locally-appropriate interventions. More details
Global Open Knowledge Hub
The Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) aims to improve the supply and accessibility of content that supports evidence informed policy making and practice by development actors. More details
Interactions Eldis Website
Interactions is an IDS-hosted interactive online resource on Empowering Women and Girls, featuring real-time research and analysis. The website features up-to-the minute research findings and policy analysis on gender-based violence, urban health and unpaid care work from IDS and partners More details
A Day in the Life of an Academic Publishing Manager19 Jul 2018
By Alison Norwood
Vaginas, the UN and social science: making evidence count28 Mar 2018
By James Georgalakis
Never mind the policymakers15 Jan 2018
By James Georgalakis
Where are the data ethicists?24 Nov 2017
By Alice Webb, Grace Lyn Higdon