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


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Journal Article

Neo-patrimonialism and Policy Processes: Lessons from the Southern African Food Crisis

IDS Bulletin Vol. 36 Nos. 2

In the 1990s economic liberalisation replaced state support for agriculture across much of Southern Africa. As well as reducing costs, it was assumed that liberalisation would ensure food availability and access to food through positive effects on production and trade incentives and on incomes....

Elizabeth Cromwell
Allan Chintedza

1 April 2005

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

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7. Refining Performance Assessment Systems to Serve Sustainability, Poverty Outreach and Impact Goals: The Case of the Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 4

The Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) is a nonprofit microfinance organisation (MFO) based in South Africa that works towards the elimination of poverty by fostering sustainable income generation, job creation and social empowerment. SEF achieves this by creating a supportive environment for...

Kate Roper

1 October 2003

Journal Article

Livelihood Dynamics: Rural Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 3

Rural people in southern Africa make a living in diverse ways, often in harsh physical and economic environments. Such contexts are fast-changing requiring shifts in livelihood strategies and mixes of activities. This article explores both the vulnerability contexts and livelihood strategies...

1 July 2003

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Putting Differentiation into Practice: The Case of Food Security

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 2

Constantine Michalopoulos makes the point in relation to agriculture that there is neither an economic nor a political case to treat all developing countries in the same way. Countries such as Argentina and Brazil are clearly highly competitive and parts of their agricultural sectors are well...

Christopher Stevens
Jane Kennan

1 April 2003

Journal Article

An Analytical Framework for Further Research

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 2

If the Doha Round proceeds in the same way as its predecessor, informing the negotiating process with research results will not be easy. The Uruguay Round made erratic progress. A Draft Final Act had been produced by the end of 1991, but the agricultural proposals were rejected by the European...

Christopher Stevens

1 April 2003

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Special and Differential Treatment in Agriculture: Proposals for a Development Round

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 2

The Uruguay Round (UR) agreements were intended to usher in an international trade architecture in which all countries, developed and developing alike, would abide by the same rules – the notion that “one size fits all”. This perception of the UR has considerable merit, since all...

Constantine Michalopoulos

1 April 2003