Exploring research-policy partnerships in international development

20th June 2019

The latest issue of the IDS BulletinExploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development aims to identify how partnerships focused on the production of policy-engaged research seek to achieve societal impact and explores the challenges in these processes. Edited and produced by The Impact Initiative, the collaborations analysed span academia, civil society and government, from the grassroots to the national and global levels.

By locating these examples within the broader debates on interactions between researchers and research users designed to strengthen evidence informed decision making, this publication offers concepts and practices to inform those funding, designing and undertaking development research.

The featured case studies are explored through the perspectives of both researchers and their partners in civil society and policy. They are predominantly taken from a diverse portfolio of research projects funded through the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) Strategic Partnership.

This bulletin is essential reading for all those in research organisations, development agencies and donors committed to the better use of evidence and learning for development.

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Introduction: Identifying the qualities of research–policy partnerships in international development: A new analytical framework

James Georgalakis and Pauline Rose

Rethinking research impact through principles for fair and equitable partnerships

Kate Newman, Sowmyaa Bharadwaj and Jude Fransman

Pathways to impact – insights from research partnerships in Uganda and India

Rona Bronwin, Rachel Hinton and Laura Savage

Exploring partnerships between academia and disabled persons’ organisations: Lessons learnt from collaborative research in Africa

Maria Kett, Mark T. Carew, John-Bosco Asiimwe, Richard Bwalya, Anderson Gitonga, Boakai A. Nyehn, Joyce Olenja, Leslie Swartz and Nora Groce

Layered and linking research partnerships: Learning from YOUR World research in Ethiopia and Nepal

Vicky Johnson, Anannia Admassu, Andrew Church, Jill Healey and Sujeeta Mathema

Fundamental challenges in academic–government partnership in conflict research in the pastoral lowlands of Ethiopia

Mercy Fekadu Mulugeta, Fana Gebresenbet, Yonas Tariku and Ekal Nettir

Regional research–policy partnerships for health equity and inclusive development: reflections on opportunities and challenges from a Southern African perspective.

Nicola Yeates, Themba Moeti, Mubita Luwabelwa

How did research partnerships contribute to Bangladesh’s progress in improving lives?

Mushtaque Chowdhury

Photo credit: 'Delegates in discussion at the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Liverpool, UK in 2018.' Photographer Toby Phillips/Health Systems Global.