News and Views

Posted: 29th May
Through the Impact Initiative, we have embraced the complexity and nuances of research funded by the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership, and searched for stories to highlight the true nature of their impact, rather than simplify it.
Posted: 28th May
photograph of Arjan De Haan being interviewed for The Impact Initiative at the Power of Partnership conference in Delhi in December 2018
During the ‘Power of Partnership: Research to Alleviate Poverty’ conference, held in New Delhi in December 2018, key staff from development and donor agencies including DFID, ESRC, IDRC and UNECA were interviewed to discuss the value of social science research evidence to influence policy and bring about change.
Posted: 22nd May
Young men in the street greeting each other
Following the National Youth Seminar which took place in Ethiopia in March, YOUR World Research, enabled by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, launches findings and the Impact Initiative shares a short video from the National Youth Seminar which includes interviews with the researchers and policymakers involved.
Posted: 22nd May
Lessons for the disabled
ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes grant holder Dr. Melanie Ehren considers how networks can lead to sustainable system change and what conditions are needed to ensure the collective impact of their individual members.
Posted: 16th May
How could multilingualism benefit India’s poorest schoolchildren?

Multilingualism is the norm in India. But rather than enjoying the cognitive and learning advantages seen in multilingual children in the Global North, Indian children show low levels of learning basic school skills.

Posted: 15th May

A fair share of village water, Economic and Social Research Council, 26 April 2019

Scarce water resources in developing countries are under pressure from climate

Posted: 15th May
Image shows a person stoking the fires of a kiln at night
Findings from the ESRC-DFID funded project 'Blood bricks: examining the climate change-modern slavery nexus in the Cambodian construction industry' have been shared in The Highland Times and Made in China Journal.
Posted: 15th May
Female participant at a PhotoVoice workshop in Mozambique - part of ODIs Transforming Cash Transfers programme.

"There is an urgent need for social-protection policies and initiatives that enable women not just to survive, but to thrive. Women do not need only employment opportunities; they also need social support that accounts for the true extent of their responsibilities."

Posted: 13th May
CIES 2019
An Impact Initiative organised panel at the recent Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2019 conference explored the challenges facing both researchers and policy makers in promoting evidence-based policy and practice.
Posted: 29th April
Education in Kenya
ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes grant holder Dr. Melanie Ehren outlines her key learnings from the Impact Initiative hosted panel which took place at the 2019 CIES conference in April 2019.