Knowledge Mobilisation and Impact

IDS believes that evidence and learning can drive positive social and economic change. The Knowledge Mobilisation and Impact unit contributes directly to IDS's vision of Engaged Excellence, working across the institute and with partners by promoting evidence-informed policy-making and practice.

To achieve this, we:

  • Work in partnership to analyse contexts: to better understand the environment in which development happens and map out desired changes, key stakeholders and policy processes.
  • Advise on strategy development and delivery: jointly identify strategies to consider how best to engage in a given context, develop capacity, mobilise evidence and improve its use.
  • Support monitoring, evaluation and learning: to generate evidence of change and new understanding of the factors that hamper or contribute to improved evidence use.
  • Strengthen capacity and effectiveness: working in partnership with organisations and programmes aimed at improving the use of evidence (to promote mutual learning and strengthened practice).
  • Promote learning and assessment of impact across IDS: by supporting an institute wide monitoring and evaluation framework.

Partnerships and learning are at the core of our work. We work with knowledge intermediaries and knowledge brokers, research institutes, think tanks, NGOs, research programmes, networks and others to generate together, new understandings, capabilities and practice. We facilitate the Knowledge Brokers Forum and support a range of online communities of practice and discussions via Eldis Communities.

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Photo of Anna Raw (nee Bainbridge) from IDS Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915727


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Photo of Deborah Shenton, Team Administrative Coordinator, Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction

T: +44 (0)1273 915760


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Photo of Karine Gatellier, Health Convenor in IDS Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915739


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Human Development Innovation Fund

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) identifies and supports innovations that have the potential to create social impact in education, health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) across Tanzania. More details

Knowledge Exhange Forum for Nutrition Curricula Development and Adoption in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

IDS are working to design, develop and maintain an online knowledge exchange forum to facilitate consultation during development of training packages, to increase the nutrition capacity of frontline workers in East Africa. More details

EDOREN: Education, Data, Research and Evaluation, Nigeria

The Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria initiative (EDOREN) is designed to generate new evidence and understanding of how best to support equitable access and improved learning outcomes for all Nigerian children through innovation and the sustainable development of basic education systems. More details

POSHAN Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonise Actions for Nutrition

POSHAN is a 4-year initiative which aims to build evidence on effective actions for nutrition and support the use of evidence in decision-making. It is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by IFPRI in India. More details

Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) Program for think tanks in Latin America and South Asia

This programme aimed to strengthen the policy engagement and communication (PEC) work of researchers and communication staff based in 26 think tanks across Latin America and South Asia. More details

Joto Afrika - a bilingual briefing series on climate change adaptation in Africa

A briefing series on climate adaptation which draws lessons, experiences and practical information from across sub-Saharan Africa. More details

Knowledge Brokers Forum

The Knowledge Brokers Forum (KBF) is a collaborative space to promote knowledge sharing and dissemination around intermediary work in international development. More details

Protifolon - a policy briefing focusing on development issues in Bangladesh

Protifolon, meaning 'Reflection' in Bangla, is a policy briefing series highlighting cutting-edge research on emerging issues affecting Bangladesh. More details

Community-Based Adaptation Exchange

The Community-Based Adaptation Exchange (CBA-X) is a shared online resource designed to bring together a community of development practitioners with an interest in community-based approaches to climate adaptation. More details

Malawi Development Exchange

The Malawi Development Exchange supports those interested in Malawian development issues, supporting dialogue, sharing news and research, and communicating development knowledge produced in Malawi. More details

Governance Assessments Dossier

This is an Eldis Dossier which serves as the Governance Assessment Library of publications for the UNDP's Governance Assessment Portal. More details

Horizon Briefing Series

Horizon is briefing series which highlights emerging development issues, synthesises the latest research on trends and predictive 'futures' and summarises policy implications More details

Research to policy praxis

Exploring the role of ICTs for policymakers in the changing information ecosystem - studies on six country contexts More details

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