Knowledge Mobilisation and Impact
IDS believes that evidence and learning can drive positive social and economic change. The Knowledge Mobilisation and Impact unit contributes directly to IDS's vision of Engaged Excellence, working across the institute and with partners by promoting evidence-informed policy-making and practice.
To achieve this, we:
- Work in partnership to analyse contexts: to better understand the environment in which development happens and map out desired changes, key stakeholders and policy processes.
- Advise on strategy development and delivery: jointly identify strategies to consider how best to engage in a given context, develop capacity, mobilise evidence and improve its use.
- Support monitoring, evaluation and learning: to generate evidence of change and new understanding of the factors that hamper or contribute to improved evidence use.
- Strengthen capacity and effectiveness: working in partnership with organisations and programmes aimed at improving the use of evidence (to promote mutual learning and strengthened practice).
- Promote learning and assessment of impact across IDS: by supporting an institute wide monitoring and evaluation framework.
Partnerships and learning are at the core of our work. We work with knowledge intermediaries and knowledge brokers, research institutes, think tanks, NGOs, research programmes, networks and others to generate together, new understandings, capabilities and practice. We facilitate the Knowledge Brokers Forum and support a range of online communities of practice and discussions via Eldis Communities.
Human Development Innovation Fund
The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) identifies and supports innovations that have the potential to create social impact in education, health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) across Tanzania. More details
Knowledge Exhange Forum for Nutrition Curricula Development and Adoption in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
IDS are working to design, develop and maintain an online knowledge exchange forum to facilitate consultation during development of training packages, to increase the nutrition capacity of frontline workers in East Africa. More details
EDOREN: Education, Data, Research and Evaluation, Nigeria
The Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria initiative (EDOREN) is designed to generate new evidence and understanding of how best to support equitable access and improved learning outcomes for all Nigerian children through innovation and the sustainable development of basic education systems. More details
POSHAN Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonise Actions for Nutrition
POSHAN is a 4-year initiative which aims to build evidence on effective actions for nutrition and support the use of evidence in decision-making. It is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by IFPRI in India. More details
Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) Program for think tanks in Latin America and South Asia
This programme aimed to strengthen the policy engagement and communication (PEC) work of researchers and communication staff based in 26 think tanks across Latin America and South Asia. More details
Joto Afrika - a bilingual briefing series on climate change adaptation in Africa
A briefing series on climate adaptation which draws lessons, experiences and practical information from across sub-Saharan Africa. More details
Protifolon - a policy briefing focusing on development issues in Bangladesh
Protifolon, meaning 'Reflection' in Bangla, is a policy briefing series highlighting cutting-edge research on emerging issues affecting Bangladesh. More details
Community-Based Adaptation Exchange
The Community-Based Adaptation Exchange (CBA-X) is a shared online resource designed to bring together a community of development practitioners with an interest in community-based approaches to climate adaptation. More details
Malawi Development Exchange
The Malawi Development Exchange supports those interested in Malawian development issues, supporting dialogue, sharing news and research, and communicating development knowledge produced in Malawi. More details
Governance Assessments Dossier
This is an Eldis Dossier which serves as the Governance Assessment Library of publications for the UNDP's Governance Assessment Portal. More details
Horizon Briefing Series
Horizon is briefing series which highlights emerging development issues, synthesises the latest research on trends and predictive 'futures' and summarises policy implications More details
Research to policy praxis
Exploring the role of ICTs for policymakers in the changing information ecosystem - studies on six country contexts More details
It’s not what you know but who: social relationships and impact06 Mar 2017
By James Georgalakis
It's time to decolonise feminist knowledge08 Mar 2016
By Amy Hall
Using data to respond to climate change11 Feb 2016
By Amy Hall
Visualisation as storytelling: adding ‘process’ to the ‘pretty’23 Nov 2015
By Simon Colmer
New developments in DSpace for scholarly communication29 Jul 2015
By Andrew Mwesigwa
Who’s talking about your research?23 Jul 2015
By Alistair Scott
Who’s talking about your research?05 May 2015
By Alistair Scott
Data brokers and the demand-led digital revolution30 Apr 2015
By Alan Stanley
Understanding food security through a gendered lens16 Jun 2014
By Georgina Aboud
Hosting webinars: lessons on engaging with stakeholders in real-time14 Mar 2014
By Adrian Bannister