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.

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  • The Delta of Impact: Mapping a Meta-Impact Pathway to Uncover Six Stepping Stones of Research Impact 

    Clark, Louise; Goodier, Sarah (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-06)
    This working paper explores how barriers to impact can be overcome using a unique methodology, devised to be collaborative and conducive, for understanding the many overlapping outcomes that add up to research impact from ...
  • Understanding Displacement and Urbanisation in Somali Cities 

    Bakonyi, Jutta; Chonka, Peter (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-06)
    Somalia has one of the largest populations of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world: an estimated 2.6 million in 2018. Yet little is known about the way displaced people experience flight and resettlement, how ...
  • Exploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development 

    Georgalakis, James; Rose, Pauline (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This Issue 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. The collaborations analysed span academia, ...
  • Research on Children with Disabilities Influences Education Policy in Pakistan 

    Tofaris, Elizabeth; Bari, Faisal; Malik, Rabea (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge and The Impact Initiative, 2019-05)
    Children who face multiple disadvantages including those related to disability are among those least likely to be learning. Using large-scale household data together with qualitative data from classrooms in rural Pakistan, ...
  • Impacts After One Year of “Healing Classroom” on Children's Reading and Math Skills in DRC: Results From a Cluster Randomized Trial 

    Aber, J. Lawrence; Torrente, Catalina; Starkey, Leighann; Johnston, Brian; Seidman, Edward; Halpin, Peter; Shivshanker, Anjuli; Weisenhorn, Nina; Annan, Jeannie; Wolf, Sharon (Taylor & Francis, 2016-11-14)
    his article examines the effects of one year of exposure to “Learning to Read in a Healing Classroom” (LRHC) on the reading and math skills of second- to fourth-grade children in the low-income and conflict-affected ...
  • Promoting Children's Learning and Development in Conflict-Affected Countries: Testing Change Process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2016) 

    Aber, J. Lawrence; Tubbs, Carly; Torrente, Catalina; Halpin, Peter F.; Johnston, Brian; Starkey, Leighann; Shivshanker, Anjuli; Annan, Jeannie; Seidman, Edward; Wolf, Sharon (Cambridge University Press, 2017-02)
    Improving children's learning and development in conflict-affected countries is critically important for breaking the intergenerational transmission of violence and poverty. Yet there is currently a stunning lack of rigorous ...
  • Communities Improve Water Management in Burkina Faso 

    Benson, Vivienne; Elias, Marlène (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-03)
    Explores how setting up 'Innovation Platforms' in Burkina Faso around two small water reservoirs meant that diverse members of rural communities, agricultural agents, and NGOs could reconcile differences and manage their ...
  • Marginalised Youth Informing Policy and Practice in Ethiopia and Nepal 

    Johnson, Vicky (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-02)
    Explores how marginalised youth in Ethiopia and Nepal can get their voices heard in policy and practice. In contexts of environmental fragility and political change, ministries and governmental organisations have worked ...
  • ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice: Urban Community Resilience 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-03)
    Whilst cities have the potential to be great drivers of improvements in human wellbeing, impoverishment is an unrelenting feature of urban life. This collection of ESRC-DFID-funded research explores urban community resilience ...
  • ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice: Women, Work and Social Protection 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-03)
    This collection of ESRC-DFID-funded research explores the need for a holistic approach to social protection moving beyond a framing of poverty alleviation as primarily being about access to the traditional labour market ...
  • Supporting Children with Disabilities in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: Promoting Inclusive Practice within Community-Based Childcare Centres in Malawi through a Bioecological Systems Perspective 

    McLinden, Mike; Lynch, Paul; Soni, Anita; Artiles, Alfredo; Kholowa, Foster; Kamchedzera, Elizabeth; Mbukwa, Jenipher; Mankhwazi, Mika (Springer Netherlands, 2018)
    Given the narrow scope and conceptualisation of inclusion for young children with disabilities in research within low- and middle income countries (LMICs) contexts, we draw on a bioecological systems perspective to propose ...
  • The capacity of community-based participatory research in relation to disability and the SDGs 

    Greenwood, Margo (Disability and the Global South, 2017)
    This paper has highlighted an alignment between the aims of the 2030 Agenda and the nature of disability-focused CBPR. It has also demonstrated CBPR in practice in the global South and raised tensions and dilemmas that ...
  • ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems 

    The Impact Initiative (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge and The Impact Initiative, 2019-01)
    This booklet provides an overview of education research encompassing 30 projects focused in 24 countries which have been enabled by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International ...
  • The Climate Change-Modern Slavery Nexus in Cambodia 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2018-12)
    Focuses on Cambodian brick kilns to examine how a high vulnerability to climate change can facilitate trafficking into new industries and greater susceptibility to modern slavery.
  • Tackling Extreme Poverty Through Psychological Support in Bangladesh 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2018-12)
    An initiative in Bangladesh, led by the international non-governmental organisation BRAC, to provide material and psychological support to the poorest individuals and households has proved to be a sustainable and lasting ...
  • Recipes For Impact: Feed, Thinking, Nourish, Change 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2018-11)
    This booklet profiles a selection of research funded by the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership and the impact they have achieved. While these stories only show a snapshot of the research, they all highlight the multiple, ...
  • ESRC-DFID Power of Partnership: Research to Alleviate Poverty 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2018-11)
    This booklet provides an overview of poverty alleviation research encompassing 172 projects focused in 77 countries, and globally, which have been enabled by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the ...
  • Estimating the Number of Out-of-School Children: Methodological Problems and Alternative Approaches - India Case Study 

    De, Anuradha; Mehra, Chander Shekhar (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Canada, 2016)
    This paper is a follow-up of the India Report on Out-of-School Children (United Nations Children’s Fund and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, August 2014). The India Report was useful especially because it highlighted ...
  • ESRC-DFID Research Evidence on Achieving Health for All by 2030 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2018-09)
    There is a growing body of evidence that health contributes to individual wellbeing, household stability, and national development. This booklet provides an overview of research evidence on health for all encompassing 30 ...
  • The Role of Teachers in Peace-Building in Rwanda and South Africa 

    Sayed, Yusuf; Tofaris, Elizabeth; Shephard, Kelly (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge and The Impact Initiative, 2018-09)
    In 1994, both Rwanda and South Africa emerged from a long and protracted history of colonisation, conflict, genocide, and apartheid which left lasting scars on their education systems. Both countries have undertaken ...

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