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.
Knowledge brokering must accompany research from the start
Impact support services that try to build the capacity of researchers and broker knowledge between academia, policy and practice need to be built into programmes from the start. This is one of the key messages coming out of a new review commissioned by the UKRI. With the launch of the new Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), capturing learning from the ESRC-DFID Partnership could not come at a better time.
The Impact Initiative: how legacy services can support your research outputs
A key aspect of the Impact Initiative’s work is to ensure that research reaches the right people to help inform decision making. In a strand of our work that we call “legacy services”, we identify outputs - including reports, papers and briefings - and publish them in an open access repository. Kelly Shephard (IDS) explains the benefits of storing documents in an open access repository.