In May 2007, the Institute of Development Studies convened a meeting entitled ?Intermediary workshop: summarisers, signposters and synthesisers?. It brought together information and knowledge intermediaries working to increase access to research in development contexts by providing portals, gateways and reporting services. Participants from 10 countries joined staff from the IDS Information Department for lively debate and exchange of ideas. This report is intended for those who have an interest in the role of information and communication ? particularly of research ? in generating better development outcomes. It shares the thinking and learning about intermediaries and our role in development that emerged from the workshop and continues to evolve. Finally it looks to the future and outlines ideas for future work to strengthen the work of intermediaries.