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.

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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

News

New Online Hub Focuses on Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya

Launched today in Nairobi, a new online hub focusing on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Kenya hopes to connect researchers, practitioners and policymakers. The Countering Violent Extremism Research Hub, a collaboration between the Centre for Human Rights and Policy...

5 September 2018

Working Paper

Getting the Most Out of Participatory Impact Assessment: Reflections from a Multi-Country Cash Transfer Impact Assessment

Published by IDS

Mixed methods approaches are widely used in impact evaluations, but all too often a ‘methodological gap’ emerges between broad, large-scale surveys and in-depth, small-scale qualitative investigation that can be difficult to bridge. In this CDI Practice Paper we reflect on a multi-country impact assessment of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.

1 August 2018

Publication

‘Lean startup’ or ‘Agile working’ for improved development programme delivery

Published by Institute of Development Studies


The idea of Lean Startups comes from tech companies and is very new. The approach provides the promise of greater efficiency and is beginning to be proposed in the area of development but use of and impact measurement are distant. Within the short time frame for undertaking this review it was...

20 July 2017