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.

Capacity building and mutual learning – through research programmes and tailored training and strategy support for institutions and individuals working at the interface between research evidence and policy and practice.

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K4D COVID-19 Demography Evidence Summaries

K4D is publishing these weekly Demography Evidence Summaries to signpost DFID and other UK government departments to the latest relevant evidence and discourse on COVID-19 to inform and support their response. K4D COVID-19 Demography Evidence Summary No.3 28 May 2020 K4D COVID-19...

14 May 2020


Strengthening water security for pandemic preparedness

Outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Covid-19 may increase in the future due to human drivers such as deforestation and climate change, in turn creating the potential for more pandemics. Sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water will be essential to prevent,...

Rachel Cooper

7 May 2020


IDS affirms partnerships for improved responses to humanitarian crises

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has established a formal Memorandum of Understanding with two longstanding and valued partners, Anthrologica, and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), to help strengthen global responses to humanitarian crises such as Covid-19,...

28 April 2020


Responding to Covid-19 – the social dynamics

The global pandemic Covid-19 is impacting the lives of people in many and varied ways.  Together with partners worldwide, IDS researchers are providing critical evidence and analysis that are shaping the spread of the virus and must inform immediate responses.  They are also collaborating...

17 April 2020

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Between the Lines Podcast

Podcast S02 Ep.07: The Social Dynamics of Pandemics

The global pandemic Covid-19 is impacting people in many and varied ways. The effects on all our lives are immense and diverse, from rural and urban communities, young and old, from different geographic and economic groups, we are each living with different realities of a global crisis. In this...

From 1 April 2020 until 30 April 2020