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Cluster

Knowledge, Impact and Policy

The Knowledge, Impact and Policy 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 team’s 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

k.shephard@ids.ac.uk

+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

Projects

Project

K4D Learning Products

K4D produces a variety of Learning Products to support and enhance learning and update alongside the Helpdesk Reports. The majority of these are commissioned through Learning Journeys although some are to support individual events such as professional development conferences, or...

Project

K4D COVID-19 Resource Hub

The K4D COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together learning across DFID and the UK Government to support their fight against COVID-19 and its consequences.

Project

K4D Learning Journey on education, climate and infrastructure

K4D provides the UK Department for International Development with facilitated learning activities to explore and respond to complex, interdisciplinary development issues of strategic importance to policy, programming and organisational learning.

Project

K4D Learning Journey on Health Systems Strengthening

K4D provides the UK Department for International Development with facilitated learning activities to explore and respond to complex, interdisciplinary development issues of strategic importance to policy, programming and organisational learning.

Recent work

Brief

COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.6

K4D Helpdesk Report 785.6

This daily COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary (HES) is to signpost DFID and other UK government departments to the latest relevant evidence and discourse on COVID-19 to inform and support their response. Each summary is a result of 2-2.5 hours of work and is not intended to be a comprehensive...

30 March 2020