Evidence into Policy and Practice

IDS has pioneered approaches to linking up the supply of inclusive research with the demand for evidence from governments, donors, international development agencies, and civil society. It has also helped shape the concept of the politics of knowledge and current understandings of the relationship between evidence, policy and practice being social, political and interactive.

We have significant experience of mobilising knowledge in response to urgent humanitarian crises, and also provide tailored development knowledge services to governments and donor agencies as well as centres of excellence for knowledge sharing and engagement.  Our research staff and knowledge specialists bring particular experience and expertise in the following areas – Evidence into use –research design that integrates knowledge exchange and policy engagement mechanisms from the start; Research communications – high quality accessible products designed for maximum engagement; Digitally-enabled knowledge exchange – making evidence more available and accessible with the thoughtful use of technology; Monitoring, evaluation and learning – facilitated learning around research impact and the development of theories of change and Capacity building and mutual learning – through programmes and projects and short courses for institutions and individuals working at the interface between research evidence and policy and practice.

Programmes and centres

Centre

Humanitarian Learning Centre

The Humanitarian Learning Centre (HLC) is a joint initiative of the Institute of Development Studies, the International Rescue Committee and Crown Agents.

Programme

Policy Anticipation, Response and Evaluation

Evidence-based policy is often framed by questioning what works, for whom and in what situations. It is often forgotten that the ability to answer this question depends on knowledge about what has happened, what is happening and what is likely to happen.

Centre

Centre for Development Impact

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) contributes to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.

Projects

Project

Malala Fund ‘Full Force’ report research

Research for the Malala Fund ‘Full Force’ report: In the face of rapid technological change, how do we provide girls in low and middle-income countries with the digital skills, attitudes and abilities to thrive in the future labour market?

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Brief

Reshaping Ethiopia’s Higher Education Curriculum to Tackle Youth Unemployment

IDS Policy Briefing 157

Ethiopia has seen remarkable economic growth in the past decade, and there has been high demand for construction work to keep up with the pace of change. As part of the country’s Growth and Transformation Plans (GTPs) unprecedented efforts have been made to grow the university sector,...

1 December 2018

Brief

Stimulating Agribusiness Entrepreneurship to Solve Youth Unemployment in Kenya

IDS Policy Briefing 158

More than one million Kenyan youth enter the labour market every year, yet many young people struggle to find jobs in the manufacturing and service sectors. Currently, the transition rate from secondary to further education is very low and means many young people are leaving school with only...

1 December 2018

Brief

Agribusiness, Sustainable Jobs, and Youth Unemployment: Lessons from Ghana

IDS Policy Briefing;159

Agro-processing export firms can play a key role in addressing labour casualisation and youth unemployment in Ghana. However, many firms face both internal and external challenges that are affecting their contribution to the sustainability of jobs for youth in the country. This IDS Policy...

1 December 2018

Opinion

Reflections on evaluating integrated rural development

The latest IDS Bulletin ‘The Millennium Villages: Lessons on Evaluating Integrated Rural Development' brings together a series of reflections on integrated development and how best to know whether it works and why. It certainly doesn’t provide all the answers; rather it’s meant to...

14 November 2018

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

Report

Leaving No One Behind in a Digital World

K4D Emerging Issues Report;

In an increasingly digital world, relatively privileged people are able to use their access to mobile and internet technologies to access clear digital dividends including remote access to health and education information, financial inclusion and digital pathways to economic and political...

1 November 2018

News

IDS alum appointed chair of international health society

Professor Asha George, a former IDS PhD researcher has been appointed as Chair of Health Systems Global - the first international membership organisation fully dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation. Where next for Health Systems Global (HSG)? The...

17 October 2018