Making science work for development

Making science work for development

UKCDS members collaborate when funding research in similar topics or around multidisciplinary problems. The UKCDS Secretariat works on improving the processes of science funding, uptake and communications, and runs a group on capacity strengthening, to maximise the impact of UK research in development.

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Research uptake and impact

UKCDS and partners are working with funders, researchers and practitioners to encourage and enable more research into use.

Simply producing high quality evidence through rigorous research is often not enough to have an impact on the decisions of policy makers and practitioners. Research programmes that successfully lead to uptake usually include aspects such as strong user-engagement, research communications and the help of intermediaries to translate and promote the research.  

Achieving research impact is still not an exact science and UKCDS aims to share lessons learnt and best practice about research uptake and impact and to identify new or added value opportunities to enhance existing or future activities.

If you have any questions about Research uptake and impact, then please feel free to contact Alex Gwyther
11 September 2013
UKCDS has compiled some information on various schemes aimed at improving research and innovation capacity in low and middle income countries. These pages are not comprehensive but are a starting...
1 August 2013
In October 2012 UKCDS, DFID and IDRC convened a workshop to help themselves and other funders explore and better understand the options for and challenges of evaluating the impact of their research...
23 December 2010
How do we strengthen demand for research evidence? What is the role of the media in research communication and uptake? How can we better engage the private sector and civil society? These were some...
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4 September 2013
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (“REF”) sets out how the research of British Higher Education Institutions will be assessed to enable the allocation of research grants between Higher Education...

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