The Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D) is a five-year programme running to September 2021 to support 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.
K4D is delivered by a consortium of leading UK-based knowledge institutions led by the Institute of Development Studies, along with University of Birmingham International Development Department, University of Leeds Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Education Development Trust, and Itad. K4D has 25 permanent staff, including researchers, project and MEL specialists. The consortium also benefits from a network of other institutions and experts to create a broad knowledge pool covering all areas of international development.
The programme provides a Research Helpdesk for rapid response and complex emerging issues reports, facilitated Learning Journeys, and Learning Products to enhance learning and uptake. We offer a range of evidence and learning services, from standalone rapid research reports produced over a six day period, to year-long interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder learning activities supported by evidence syntheses and multimedia products.
Although our services are commissioned by FCDO in response to demand within FCDO and other UK Government departments, we publish the majority of reports and learning products as part of our commitment to increasing learning in the public realm.
All of our published reports are available on the K4D OpenDocs page and public videos are available on our YouTube channel. You can also view public learning products through individual Learning Journey pages or the Learning Products page.
COVID-19 Resource Hub
K4D has recently created a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Hub to bring together learning across FCDO and the UK Government to support their fight against COVID-19 and its consequences.
News and Opinion
IDS and partner staff often write news and opinion pieces on publications, learning events or significant events in the media. You can find a list of the latest news and opinion pieces below.
Civil servants can develop ‘deep expertise’, but need the right learning environment
Peter Taylor, Director of Research
Paul Knipe, Research and Learning Programme Manager
8 September 2020
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