Health, education, protection, livelihoods, and livelihoods of children and young people in developing and fragile contexts.

Blog: Evidence on disability and education: accessing, using and communicating research
The SDGs have increased the focus on including people with disabilities in development reforms. However, as the World Disability Report (2011) highlights, one of the biggest challenges for decision-makers aiming to improve access and learning for children with disabilities is the lack of reliable data and evidence to shape effective policies and programmes. In order to understand how individuals working in international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and other policy organisations engage with evidence on disability and education the Impact Initiative identified and scoped the work of 19 key organisations working in this area
Vlog: How do policymakers and practitioners use research evidence?

At the Putting Children First Conference in Ethiopia in October 2017, the grant holders funded by the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership conducted interviews with policymakers and practitioners. The interviews explored the use of evidence to inform policy and decision making and the upcoming challenges and opportunities in tackling child poverty.

Blog: Never mind the policymakers
Who are the policymakers and how do they use research evidence? James Georgalakis, Director of the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative, explores this question and highlights a recent initiative activity in which a range of senior development professionals, working in global organisations, were interviewed by ESRC-DFID grant holders in order to find out more about evidence use behaviours amongst those working to reduce global child poverty and inequality.

Reducing teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone

Research directly involving teenagers and their families in Sierra Leone to reduce teenage pregnancy has helped pave the way for a new community-friendly Child and Family Welfare Policy. Thanks to the project, condom use increased, teenage girls reported feeling more confident to say ‘no’ and boys showed more willingness to act responsibly. The findings directly influenced the Sierra Leone government’s development of a new policy on child protection.

Blog: Putting Children First: take-away messages
Over the course of three days, 150 researchers, practitioners and policy makers at the conference ‘Putting Children First: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa’ discussed the available evidence on child poverty and its policy responses, as well as knowledge and policy gaps. Various take-away messages stood out.

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