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.

Programmes and centres


Recent work

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Journal Article

Social Protection in Africa: Evidence, Politics and Rights


Social protection initiatives in Africa increasingly aim to institutionalize systems that guarantee assistance for the very poor and protect the vulnerable against livelihood risks. Much of the impetus has come from international development actors, with some notable exceptions. Three...

1 January 2010


Intermediary Impact: Case studies of intermediary influence

These case studies were undertaken by members of the I-K-Mediary Network in seven countries and explore how their services are being used. Together they illustrate how intermediaries are enabling greater use of research in micro, local, regional and national processes. 

1 January 2009

Journal Article

Intergenerational Transmissions: Cultivating Agency?


This IDS Bulletin reflects, as the first in the 40th anniversary volume, on some of the core areas of research and policy advocacy that are central to IDS’ work: inequalities, poverty, power, social protection, transformational education, HIV/AIDS, gender and climate change.

1 January 2009

Journal Article

Of Probits and Participation: The Use of Mixed Methods in Quantitative Impact Evaluation

IDS Bulletin Vol. 39 Nos. 1

Techniques for rigorous quantitative impact evaluation are increasingly being brought to bear on development interventions – including, as the articles in this collection show, by official development agencies. The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank has been a committed...

Howard White

1 March 2008