This IDS Bulletin issue explores how partnerships focused on the production of policy-engaged research seek to achieve societal impact and the challenges involved. Draws on research funded by ESRC-DFID's Strategic Partnership.
The case for maximising research impact at a time of brutal cuts
Now is the time to make a case for a collectivised, programme level approach to knowledge brokering and impact. The increasing calls for policy to “follow the science”, pressures created by ODA cuts and the urgent requirement to demonstrate the value of research, make for the perfect opportunity to secure approaches to connecting research with policy that value wider bodies of knowledge and broader definitions of impact.
Vlog: How research evidence can influence change
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.