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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Journal Article

The Chimera of Success

IDS Bulletin Vol. 35 Nos. 4

One of the many myths that populate the field of gender and development is one that claims that gender has been so successfully mainstreamed into development policy that there is now little need for women’s projects and programmes, or indeed for women’s policy units. The job of creating...

Maxine Molyneux

1 October 2004


Immersions for Policy and Personal Change

Senior staff in aid agencies are involved in daily decisions about policy and practice which have direct impact on the lives of poor people. But in a rapidly changing world, how can they be sure that they are basing those decisions on up-to-date information about what poor people want and would...

1 January 2004


Ideas in Practice. Enquiring into Participation in Sida

How can a development agency working in a rapidly evolving policy and practice environment develop its responsive capacity? How can development professionals forge effective and influential relationships with key partners? Ability to reflect and learn in action are neglected but critical...

1 January 2004


Analysing Policy for Sustainable Livelihoods

This report argues that it is possible to use the Sustainable Livelihoods (SL) approach as a starting point for bridging the gap between bottom-up livelihoods analysis and top-down policy analysis.

1 January 2000


Assessment of the IDB Lending Programme, 1979-92

Commissioned by the Strategic Planning Office of the Inter-American Development Bank, this report provides an assessment of the IDB's lending programme for the period 1979-92. It offers policy recommendations on how to improve future lending activities and addresses issues concerning the role of...

1 January 1994