Learning guide

Impact Lab Learning Guide: policy and practice

India, Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal
Photo: © Peter Barker/Panos.

How can research evidence influence policy and practice? There is no blueprint that projects and programmes can employ to ensure that the research findings they are generating contribute to the evidence base that informs and shapes decisions around development policy and practice. It is dependent on the capacities and capabilities of researchers to understand and respond to the policy environment in which they operate, to leverage and build networks for engagement, and to make information available and accessible. While strategies and planning are key, the ability of researchers to adapt and respond to rapidly changing contexts is essential.
 
This Learning Guide seeks to draw out some of the key lessons from on successful approaches and impact lessons on effective use of research evidence to engage policy and practice.