The Impact Lab
What makes impact work?
The Impact Lab seeks to strengthen links and create dialogue by providing an outline of the issues and clear lessons for knowledge practitioners, donors and researchers.
Find out here how to enable change through social science research or read more about why the Impact Lab was set up.
Above: four policymakers highlight how research evidence can influence change
Additional publications and resources published as part of the Impact Initiative, including outputs from the individual projects enabled through ESRC-DFID's Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme, are available from the Impact Initiative collections which are stored in the IDS OpenDocs repository.
Impact Initiative impact stories highlight the overall impact of projects funded within the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership, showcasing a rich source of development research evidence which will appeal to audiences beyond academia.
First-hand accounts of impact to action which focus on how to institutionalize best practice and lessons. The collection reflects a range of experiences (both negative and positive) and includes in-depth case studies and featured authors. This collection draws on what is common, as well as unique, across different sectors and perspectives. Contributors include researchers, funders, practitioners and policymakers
Analysis of the critical challenges faced by organisations and individuals involved in evidence-informed development through a diverse set of case studies and think pieces
A series of Learning Guides which draws on the lessons for successful impact.
Each Learning Guide identifies replicable approaches to effective engagement in a particular area previously identified as a potential barrier for impact
Cultivating demand for evidence to influence policy and practice for greater research impact
How to engage research with policy and practice to strengthen decision-making
Strong networks and relationships contribute to greater impact of global development research