Donors’ approaches to engaging evidence with policy and practice and evaluating its impact, constantly evolve. Their investments have ranged from funding international knowledge programmes, to support for project embedded research communications, to building research capacity and interdisciplinarity, to systems strengthening.
Research continues to underpin many of the efforts to address global challenges. However, concepts of evidence production and use remain contested. How can we ensure that research delivers real benefits to communities facing rising inequalities, the effects of a changing climate, risks to their health and wellbeing and conflict and violence?
A panel of leading international funders and influencers, who are helping to shape this agenda, will discuss what they have learned, possible future models and the implications for policy professionals and researchers.
- Norma Altshuler, Hewlett Foundation
- Amy Etherington, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
- Jonathan Breckon, Alliance for Useful Evidence
- UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – invited
- Peter Taylor, Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
The Evidence into Policy and Practice Series, convened by IDS, aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and learning on the interactions between knowledge and policy and practice towards social change. An international, multi-disciplinary and cross-sector community of researchers, activists, public officials and practitioners engage with these issues through IDS’ short course: Shaping Policy with Evidence, seminars, online events, blogs, expert interviews and multi-media and publications.