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
2 March 2017
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8 June 2015
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27 April 2015
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27 October 2014
On 27 October UKCDS hosted a workshop for funders and researchers to discuss the findings of a DFID literature review: "What is the evidence on the impact of research on international development?"...