Knowledge, Impact and Policy

The Knowledge, Impact and Policy (KIP) team leads and supports programme and project knowledge mobilisation, policy analysis and research uptake and communications.

This creative and experienced team seeks to work in collaboration with internal and external partners from the inception to the delivery of a programme or project. We apply a range of knowledge exchange approaches to the design and delivery of research programmes and share learning to strengthen the development research sector to do the same.

The KIP team expertise and experience falls into five principle categories:

Monitoring, evaluation and learning for impact: We support projects and organisations to design and implement effective monitoring and evaluation frameworks and develop theories of change. We also facilitate learning around research impact and support reflective learning as a key component of impactful research projects and development programmes.

Evidence into use: We work to inform research design that integrates knowledge exchange and stakeholder engagement mechanisms from the start. This includes capacity/learning support for internal knowledge management strategies, design of research programme uptake strategies and facilitation of engagement strategies to bring together stakeholders into effective networks and communities of practice.

Digitally enabled knowledge exchange: We advocate for the “thoughtful use of technology”, in effectively curating and sharing knowledge. We have the technical and editorial skills to design and develop innovative digital research communications products, to advise on best practise in the use of digital technologies for knowledge exchange and to build the capacity of others to make good use of openly available tools.

Research Communications: Generating high quality accessible products designed for maximum engagement including the IDS Bulletin.

Capacity building and mutual learning: Through programmes and projects and providing short courses for institutions and individuals we work at the interface between research evidence and policy and practice.

Key contacts

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Kelly Shephard

Head of Knowledge, Impact and Policy


+44 (0)1273 915795



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Alan Stanley

Digital Knowledge Manager

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Alice Shaw

Editorial Coordinator - K4D

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Alice Webb

Digital Knowledge Coordinator

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Alison Norwood

Publications Manager

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Alistair Scott

Knowledge Officer

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Beth Richard

Production Editor

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Ed Small

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist

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Emilie Wilson

Communications Officer



The Impact Initiative

Five year initiative that seeks to maximise the impact of research funded by the ESRC DFID Strategic Partnership.

Recent work


Raising Learning Outcomes in Diverse Indian Contexts

Briefing Paper

This policy brief shows that improving learning outcomes in diverse Indian contexts requires a rethinking of educational strategies. While improvements in physical access to schools are welcome, improving learning outcomes requires different stakeholders to strengthen their role and adapt...

Anuradha De

5 December 2019


Women and Conflict

ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice

Conflict affects women and men differently, and it can alter women’s economic and political roles in society. However, changes in women’s economic and political status and roles during times of conflict do not necessarily lead to long-lasting shifts. This collection of ESRC-DFID-funded...

4 December 2019


Providing Alternatives to Fossil Fuels in Nepal

ESRC-DFID Research Impact

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 is to ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. However, inadequate energy supply continues to hinder social and economic development in Nepal. Despite a wealth of renewable energy potential – particularly with...

1 December 2019


Improving Literacy Through Indigenous Languages in South Africa

ESRC-DFID Research Impact

To better understand early grade reading in African languages, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, the University of South Africa and Funda Wande, together with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa, are working...

Elizabeth Tofaris
Gabrielle Wills

21 November 2019


Gender and Education

ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice

This collection of ESRC-DFID-funded research provides valuable evidence on strategies to ensure commitments to eliminate gender disparities in education are met. Beyond ensuring that every child – both girls and boys – is in school and learning, it highlights new approaches to how gender...

1 November 2019