Making science work for development

Responsibility for driving impact from international development research

29 April 2014

On 8 April 2014 the UKCDS Secretariat, in coordination with Innovations for Poverty Action, held a meeting with NGOs, funders and researchers to discuss who should bear responsibility for driving impact from research for international development.

Speakers included:

  • Annie Duflo, Executive Director of Innovations for Poverty Action.
  • Kirsty Newman, Head of DFID’s Evidence Into Action team.
  • Anuj Bhatt, Innovation and Skills Programme Manager at BBSRC.

The open discussion quickly highlighted some of the main issues around achieving impact, but also suggested that the impact agenda was a high priority for most stakeholders. In regards to the event's main question of where responsibility lies, many participants felt that it involves a range of partners and that it would be difficult to single out a single institution to hold accountable.

It was agreed that there are still many challenges around research impact, including locating funding for activities to deliver impact and the provision of in-country resources once the traditional programme of research funding comes to an end. UKCDS will incorporate these unanswered questions into its thinking on future activities in the Research communications, uptake and impact workstream.

A brief summary report of the event can be found below.

  • Impact
  • Research uptake and impact

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