The Impact Initiative for international development research aims to increase the uptake and impact of research from two research programmes jointly funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID): the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme.

The Initiative will achieve this through a process of identifying synergies between the programmes and grant holders, and supporting them collectively and individually to exploit influencing and engagement opportunities. As well as facilitating knowledge exchange and policy engagement on behalf of the two programmes, the Initiative will develop programme-level research communication outputs in order to ensure each programme’s research is effectively communicated and shared, and to raise the profiles of the programmes themselves. The Initiative will seek to identify examples of where the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership has contributed to changes in development processes, and will contribute to the wider discourse around what effective knowledge mobilisation looks like and understandings of modes of research impact.

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Policy, legislation and its implementation
The Impact Initiative for International Development Research pledges to promote and disseminate ESRC-DFID funded evidence which focuses on both barriers and solutions for addressing the education of children with disabilities; and to create spaces where policy makers, practitioners and researchers can identify synergies and collaborations to deliver inclusive quality education for children with disabilities.  

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: Present-March 2020  

Theme: Inclusive Education
Year: 2018