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.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Stay up to date with our research, events, teaching and professional development learning by subscribing to our regular e-newsletters.

We offer a range of newsletters to suit your needs, including one for Evidence, Policy and Practice.


Key contacts

Image of Kelly Shephard
Kelly Shephard

Head of Knowledge, Impact and Policy


+44 (0)1273 915795



Image of Alan Stanley
Alan Stanley

Digital Knowledge Manager

Image of Alice Shaw
Alice Shaw

Editorial Coordinator - K4D

Image of Alice Webb
Alice Webb

Digital Knowledge Coordinator

Image of Alison Ashlin
Alison Ashlin

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist

Image of Alison Norwood
Alison Norwood

Publications Manager

Image of Alistair Scott
Alistair Scott

Knowledge Officer

Image of Ashley Kuchanny
Ashley Kuchanny

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist

Image of Beth Richard
Beth Richard

Production Editor



The Impact Initiative

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

Recent work


Making the case for the UK’s investment in interdisciplinary research

At a time of increasing scrutiny of UK Aid-funded university research, leaders of UK research councils and the Department for International Development (DFID) came together at the Wellcome Collection on 8 July, to discuss how to maximise the impact of the UK’s investment in interdisciplinary...

16 July 2019


Cash transfers and gender equality

IDS researchers attending this year's Commission for the Status of Women highlight limitations of cash transfers in achieving women's empowerment if they are not coupled with access to adequate public services and infrastructure.

11 March 2019