K4D supports the use of learning and evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes. It is funded by UK AID and is designed to assist the Department for International Development (DFID) and other partners to be innovative and responsive to rapidly changing and complex development challenges.
K4D integrates organisational learning processes with the use of evidence from research. It provides:
- A strategic learning approach which incorporates face-to-face and virtual learning to explore emerging development challenges, tackle common problems or questions, and build individual and team professional expertise
- A tailored evidence support service through a rapid response research helpdesk and in-depth emerging issues reports, giving quick access to evidence on policy and programme questions
- Learning journeys that explore complex issues that are often cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary, bringing together development professionals, academics and other experts
- Innovative learning products using a range of media and approaches to enhance learning and knowledge uptake.
K4D is run by a consortium of seven leading knowledge institutions led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).