The Impact Initiative

A major new four year initiative that will seek to maximise the impact of research funded by the ESRC DFID Strategic Partnership. The Impact Initiative will focus on providing support to both the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research programme.

The Impact Initiative will take full advantage of the extensive research and policy networks that IDS and Cambridge are connected into throughout the world to support the coordination of targeted engagement initiatives, such as policy roundtables and practitioner workshops in low income countries, and the facilitation of global networking and knowledge sharing events.

It will also develop programme-level research communication outputs in order to ensure the ESRC-DFID funded programmes’ research is effectively communicated and shared, and to raise the profile of the programmes themselves. The initiative will commission outputs such as synthesis reports, policy briefs and data visualisations, and disseminate these to targeted audiences of policy actors, practitioners and intermediaries.

Key contacts

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James Georgalakis

Director of Communications and Impact

+44 (0)1273 915781

Project details

start date
27 Mar 2015
end date
27 Mar 2019


In partnership with
University of Cambridge
Supported by

About this project


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Emma Greengrass

Editorial Coordinator

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James Georgalakis

Director of Communications and Impact

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Kelly Shephard

Head of Knowledge, Impact and Policy

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Louise Clark

MEL Manager

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Louise Oakley

Project Manager

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Poppy Bardwell

Project Support Officer

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Vivienne Benson

Communications Officer

Recent work

Past Event

Picturing change: Oil development in rural northern Kenya

This photographic exhibition tells the story of changing lives and livelihoods in Lokichar, a small town in Turkana County, and surrounding villages that are at the centre of northern Kenya’s oil frontier. This exhibition will be opened by the Labour MP for Kemptown and member of the...

9 November 2018

Impact Story

Making research evidence central to the global movement to end child poverty

IDS is committed to putting research evidence at the heart of efforts to influence policy and practice. In 2017, this commitment could be seen in IDS’ active membership of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty and in the impacts that followed. Read Annual Review Through partnership...

1 August 2018