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Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D)

start date
1 October 2016
end date
30 September 2022

The Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) Programme 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 Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and other UK government departments and partners to be innovative and responsive to rapidly changing and complex development challenges.

Our services

K4D supports research and learning for FCDO and other UK Government department in three ways:

Research Helpdesk

FCDO staff can request a Research Helpdesk report on a subject of their choice (as long as the request is Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible). They receive timely, rigorous analysis from a network of researchers and global experts. Helpdesk reports can be a review of the available evidence, experience, and emerging practice, a literature review, annotated bibliography, or similar. Once approved, rapid research reports use six researcher days and are delivered in one month, with Emerging Issues Reports stretching over a longer period.

K4D has produced more than 1,000 Helpdesk Reports and 40 Emerging Issues Reports with all published reports available on a dedicated OpenDocs page.

If you are FCDO staff, you can request a Helpdesk Report or Emerging Issues Report by emailing [email protected].

Learning Journeys

K4D facilitates in-depth Learning Journeys for FCDO, UK Government staff, and partner organisations. Led by a K4D researcher and thematic experts, this process bridges disciplines and enables participants to learn together around an issue or challenge.

Learning Journeys support interdisciplinary learning and dialogue in FCDO and with partners, and response to strategic themes and organisational priorities.

More than 40 Learning Journeys on a wide range of topics and themes have been led by K4D, with publicly facing journeys available here.

Learning Products

K4D produces Learning Products to support and enhance evidence and learning. The majority of these are commissioned as part of a Learning Journey, though individual products can be requested by FCDO staff.

Over 200 Learning Products have been produced, including videos, podcasts, slide decks, multimedia reading packs and reports, infographics, social media campaigns, graphic design for emerging issues reports, and more.

Humanitarian Evidence and Discourse Summaries

K4D publishes monthly Humanitarian Evidence and Discourse Summaries to signpost the latest relevant resources, evidence and discourse.

COVID-19 Resource Hub

Our dedicated COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together learning across FCDO and the UK Government to support their fight against COVID-19 and its consequences.

Contact us

E: [email protected] 
T: 01273 915788 

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People

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Annabel Fenton

Communications Coordinator

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Ben O’Donovan-Iland

Communications and Impact Officer

Jim Woodhill

Honorary Associate

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Joanna Howard

Research Fellow and Cluster Leader

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Louise Oakley

Research and Learning Programme Manager

Projects

Project

K4D Learning Journey on Inclusion in Crises

Inclusion is an approach (and an objective) founded on the human rights principles of inherent dignity, participation and respect for diversity which counters structural discrimination and enables affected people and communities to more effectively anticipate, prevent, prepare, respond,...

Project

K4D Learning Journey on International Nature

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 Security and Access to Justice

The Security & Access to Justice (S&J) Learning Journey will help address S&J challenges and capability gaps within the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). This will be done primarily through a series of facilitated discussions and expertise-sharing with select FCDO and Open...

Project

K4D Learning Journey on Tax and Gender

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

Upcoming Event

Evidence for Action in Turbulent Times

How can development organisations think differently about knowledge and learning in times of complexity, crisis and conflict? Crisis and complexity define the current political, social, and economic landscape. What role does evidence play in helping us navigate these turbulent times? In this...

21 September 2022

Publication

Funding Mechanisms to Local CSOs

K4D Helpdesk Report

Civil society can be broadly defined as the area outside the family, market and state. As such, civil society encompasses a spectrum of actors with a wide range of purposes, constituencies, structures, degrees of organisation, functions, size, resource levels, cultural contexts, ideologies,...

19 July 2022

Publication

Humanitarian Evidence and Discourse Summary No.28

K4D Helpdesk Report

This is the 28th monthly Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) Programme Humanitarian Evidence Summary to signpost to the latest relevant evidence and discourse on humanitarian action to inform and support their response. It is the result of 1 day of work per month and is not...

15 July 2022

Publication

Gender and Tax: Gender Equality Meets Economic Growth

K4D Tax and Gender Learning Journey

Women’s equal participation in an economy means they pay and benefit from fair taxes. This policy brief from the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) Programme shares key messages and recommendations for more gender-inclusive tax programmes. Given that gender issues...

Berni Smith

28 June 2022