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This Guide provides access to a set of quality assured research synthesis documents specifically intended to assist evidence-informed decision-making in development policy and practice. They are selected by the Eldis team from a limited set of "approved" publishers who have been assessed to ensure a robust methodological approach to quality assurance. 

The Guide also provides a space for discussion on some of the debates on what constitutes "evidence", the use of different methods for quality assessment and the various approaches to impact evaluation.
Stepping out of Agriculture
Bicycle and wall
D.J. Clark / Panos Pictures
As economies grow it is expected that many households will ‘step out’ of farming as household members take up work in the rural non-farm economy (RNFE) or migrate to towns and cities. This Topic Guide examines the evidence on the likely effects of smallholder households leaving agriculture for better-paying businesses and jobs.

Latest Documents

Research uptake: a guide for DFID-funded research programmes
Department for International Development, UK 2016
DFID funds research in order to contribute to its overarching goal of poverty reduction. We fund some research which aims to produce new products or technologies that directly improve the lives of poor people. Other research produces ...
‘Tomorrow Will Not Be Like Yesterday ’ Sahariya Tribals emerge from the shadows
P. Philipose / ActionAid International 2014
This edition in the series of Critical Stories of Change presents the story of Sahariya tribals categorized as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG). They reside in contiguous areas of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Prade...
Helpdesk report: Comparative advantage of the private sector in delivery of health services
Evie Browne / Health and Education Advice and Resource Team 2016
This Helpdesk Report responds to the following query: What are the areas of likely comparative advantage of the private sector in delivery of health care services for public health goals particularly in the areas of MNCH and SRH inclu...
The future of knowledge sharing in a Digital Age: exploring impacts and policy implications for development
J. Gregson; J. Brownlee; R. Playforth; N Bimbe / Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
We live in a Digital Age that gives us instant access to information at greater and greater volumes. The rapid growth of digital content and tools is already changing how we create, consume and distribute knowledge. Even though global...
Online Knowledge Portals for Development in Africa: scoping study
A. Venth / Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
The Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) programme, implemented by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in collaboration with a range of partners, aims to build a global open knowledge platform for open data sharing and exchange on ...
Seismic building codes: global and regional overview
S. Nienhuys / Evidence on Demand 2016
This report is the outcome of a rapid desk study to identify and collate the current state of evidence (in Nepal and other Low-Income Countries) to assess three issues: The regulation and effectiveness of seismic buildi...
Building better and safely: stimulating the private sector for sustainable solutions in Nepal
I.G. Peppercorn / Evidence on Demand 2016
Rather than focusing on how to reconstruct that portion of Nepal that was damaged in the April 25 2015 earthquake, the purpose of this document is to look to the future, with a particular emphasis on how the private sector can be stim...
What is resilience?
P. Sturgess; R. Sparrey / Evidence on Demand 2016
Resilience has become a commonly used narrative in a range of international development contexts. This foundational resource presents bite-size chunks of information and signposts to other material with a focus on disaster resilience,...
Risk Management and Financing
P. Sturgess / Evidence on Demand 2016
The resilience concept can be viewed as an adapted approach to risk management in development programming. This resource looks at two key themes: risk assessment and disaster risk financing, through bite-size chunks of information and...
Measuring Resilience
P. Sturgess / Evidence on Demand 2016
The prominence of the resilience narrative in international development contexts has led to a drive to justify spending on resilience-related interventions. This resource deals with the thorny issue of how to measure resilience. It pr...

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