In 2014 The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and The Department for International Development (DFID) set four groups of researchers a challenging task: to look across the more than 100 diverse projects funded through the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and synthesise and assess the evidence they had generated on a number of themes: children and young people; gender; health; and research methods. The resulting reports, Evidence Synthesis Research Awards (ESRA), are intended as rich sources of information of interest to a wide audience. The ESRA highlight the specific achievements and contributions of Joint Fund research – to knowledge about development issues, to methods and approaches to researching these, and to supporting social and economic impact. The Impact Initiative has produced a series of summaries to capture these findings and their implications for policymakers and researchers to accompany the main reports.
The first summary on Children and Young People is published here to accompany the report 'A Synthesis of evidence from the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research' authored by Rachel Marcus, Janey Stephenson, and David Walker at the Overseas Development Institute, and the ESRC-DFID response.
- New Knowledge on Children and Young People Evidence Synthesis Research Award: A Synthesis of Evidence from the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research
Marcus, R. Page, E., Stephenson, J. and Walker, D. (2015)
London: Overseas Development Institute
This synthesis assesses the contribution of the Joint Fund scheme’s research since 2005 to the body of knowledge around Children and Young People issues and ways in which their life chances can be improved.
- New Knowledge on Children and Young People
Summary of the review and synthesis.
- The Evidence Synthesis Research Awards (ESRA): a response from ESRC and DFID, 2016
- Blog: Children and young people hold the key to success of Sustainable Development Goals.' Hannah Corbett, Communications and Engagement Manager at the Institute of Development Studies sets the findings in context
Other Joint Fund Evidence Synthesis Research Awards (ESRA)
Gender Evidence Synthesis Research Award
Bradshaw, S., Linnekar, B., Nussey, C., Sanders-McDonagh, E., Middlesex University 2015
New knowledge on the gendered nature of poverty and wellbeing adds a crucial element in the understanding of the impact of poverty, and this analysis provides valuable insights in a number of key areas. This evidence is a synthesis from 122 research grants awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research since 2005.
Health and Development Evidence Synthesis Research Award
Venkatapuram., S., King's College London, Coutts, A., University of Cambridge, and Mall, P., 2016
A review of all the funded projects was undertaken as evidence related to health requires looking for both proximate (such as access to clean water and medical services) as well as distal pathways (such as education and social protection systems), beyond just clinical or public health interventions. 69 of 121 (57%) funded research studies examined or produced evidence which have a direct or indirect relevance and impact on health/health services.
Research methods Evidence Synthesis Research Award
Camfield, L., Duvendack, M., Monteith, W., School of International Development, University of East Anglia, 2016
The analysis is based on a thematic analysis across all of the grants, and of the impact pathways in the 15 impact reports completed 12 months after the end of the project. This guide is intended to help researchers in their choice of research method not as a definitive resource, but a practical summary of lessons learned from the methodologies that have been used across 122 research projects funded by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research over the period 2005 to 2014.