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Project

The Impact Initiative

This five year initiative seeks to maximise the impact of research funded by the ESRC DFID Strategic Partnership. The Impact Initiative focuses 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 takes 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 also develops 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 commissions outputs such as synthesis reports, policy briefs and data visualisations, and disseminates these to targeted audiences of policy actors, practitioners and intermediaries.

Key contacts

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James Georgalakis

Director of Communications and Impact

j.georgalakis@ids.ac.uk

+44 (0)1273 915781

Project details

start date
16 March 2015
end date
15 March 2020
value
£2,737,220

Partners

In partnership with
University of Cambridge
Supported by
ESRC-DFID

About this project

People

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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

News

Making the case for the UK’s investment in interdisciplinary research

At a time of increasing scrutiny of UK Aid-funded university research, leaders of UK research councils and the Department for International Development (DFID) came together at the Wellcome Collection on 8 July, to discuss how to maximise the impact of the UK’s investment in interdisciplinary...

16 July 2019

Opinion

The bounded mutuality of research-policy partnerships

Engaging research with policy means dealing with the realities of partnering with those whose agendas and mandates differ to your own. The Impact Initiative for International Development Research, which has spent the last four years supporting over two hundred research projects funded by the...

11 June 2019

News

Cash transfers and gender equality

IDS researchers attending this year's Commission for the Status of Women highlight limitations of cash transfers in achieving women's empowerment if they are not coupled with access to adequate public services and infrastructure.

11 March 2019