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


+44 (0)1273 915781

Project details

start date
16 March 2015
end date
15 March 2020


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

Senior Project Support Officer

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Vivienne Benson

Communications Officer

Recent work


Raising Learning Outcomes in Diverse Indian Contexts

Briefing Paper

This policy brief shows that improving learning outcomes in diverse Indian contexts requires a rethinking of educational strategies. While improvements in physical access to schools are welcome, improving learning outcomes requires different stakeholders to strengthen their role and adapt...

Anuradha De

5 December 2019


Women and Conflict

ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice

Conflict affects women and men differently, and it can alter women’s economic and political roles in society. However, changes in women’s economic and political status and roles during times of conflict do not necessarily lead to long-lasting shifts. This collection of ESRC-DFID-funded...

4 December 2019


Providing Alternatives to Fossil Fuels in Nepal

ESRC-DFID Research Impact

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 is to ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. However, inadequate energy supply continues to hinder social and economic development in Nepal. Despite a wealth of renewable energy potential – particularly with...

1 December 2019


Improving Literacy Through Indigenous Languages in South Africa

ESRC-DFID Research Impact

To better understand early grade reading in African languages, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, the University of South Africa and Funda Wande, together with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa, are working...

Elizabeth Tofaris
Gabrielle Wills

21 November 2019