K4D supports learning and the use of evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes. The programme is designed to assist DFID and other partners to be innovative and responsive to rapidly changing and complex development challenges.

The evidence of what works in the challenging and uncertain contexts in which we work is highly complex. Without this evidence, programmes would not be designed for maximum impact and could be poor value for money. K4D provides an integrated approach to linking organisational learning processes with the use of evidence from research.

K4D is implemented by a consortium of leading knowledge institutions based in the UK, led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), with the University of Birmingham, International Development Department (IDD); Education Development Trust; Itad; the University of Leeds, Nuffield Centre for International Health & Development; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM); and the University of Manchester, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI).

For more information about the K4D programme, please contact mailto:info@k4d.info


Recent Submissions

  • Early Marriage, Pregnancy and Girl Child School Dropout 

    Birchall, Jenny (IDS, 2018-10)
    The aim of this review was to present the recent evidence on the impact of early marriage and/or pregnancy on the rates of girl child drop out. It also synthesises evidence that focus on laws, policies and practices that ...
  • Inclusive and Special Education Approaches in Developing Countries 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2018-08-17)
    The aim of this review was to present the recent evidence on the effectiveness of inclusive and special education approaches in improving learning and behavioural outcomes, with a focus on developing countries, particularly ...
  • Environmental Safeguards for Industrial Parks 

    Avis, William (IDS, 2018-04-12)
    This rapid review examined approaches that have been used to optimally enforce environmental policy instruments to drive green industrialisation. It begins with the discussion of environmental safeguards for industrial ...
  • Natural Resources Management Strategies in the Sahel 

    Cooper, Rachel (IDS, 2018-10-01)
    This helpdesk review has drawn primarily on evidence from systematic reviews and synthesis studies focused on natural resources management strategies in Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). It identifies ...
  • Labour Standards and Firm Growth 

    Hatayama, Maho (IDS, 2018-10-25)
    This helpdesk review has drawn primarily on evidence from systematic reviews and synthesis studies focused on (i) the impact of labour standards on labour/firms’ performances and (ii) policies and programmes from other ...
  • The Effectiveness of School Grants in Low- and Middle-Income Contexts 

    James, Zoe; Joynes, Chris (IDS, 2018-12-12)
    This helpdesk review has drawn primarily on evidence from systematic reviews and synthesis studies focused on the effectiveness of school grants for the improvement of (i) equitable access to quality education, and (ii) ...
  • Drivers, Challenges and Opportunities for Job Creation in the Sahel 

    Quak, Evert-jan (IDS, 2018-10-15)
    This review synthesises the literature from academic, policy and institutions sources on the drivers of job creation in the Sahel countries Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The report first shows a baseline ...
  • Strategies and Approaches to Ensure Equitable Access to Quality Education in Economic Crises 

    James, Zoe (IDS, 2018-12-20)
    This helpdesk review has drawn primarily on evidence from systematic reviews and synthesis studies focused on (i) the impact of economic crises on education systems, and (ii) the effectiveness of strategies and approaches ...
  • Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI) in Bangladesh 

    Tull, Kerrina (IDS, 2018-12-20)
    This report focuses on community-based health insurance (CBHI) for Bangladeshi workers. It examined the different models of CBHI programmes or schemes for both formal and informal sector in the Bangladesh, and the challenges ...
  • Disaster Preparedness to Reduce Anxiety and Post-Disaster Stress 

    Grant, Catherine (IDS, 2018-11-16)
    This report focuses on disaster mental health preparedness, which is a significant reduction method to protect individuals from detrimental psychological effects arising from disasters. Disasters are stressful events not ...
  • Carbon Abatement Potential of Reforestation 

    O'Driscoll, Dylan (IDS, 2018-11-20)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy and NGO sources on the carbon abatement potential of reforestation. The literature points to the significant potential to reduce carbon through reforestation, ...
  • Gender Sensitive Strategic Communications Interventions 

    Birchall, Jenny (IDS, 2018-12-06)
    It is possible to find some examples of good practice around gender in communications interventions focusing on the majority of sub-themes set out in the research question. There are four key points emerging from the ...
  • Interactive Voice Response in Humanitarian Contexts 

    Bolton, Laura (IDS, 2018-11-16)
    Interactive voice response (IVR) uses recorded messages to provide a menu of options for callers to access information and provide survey feedback. The potential advantages of IVR in humanitarian contexts include: improved ...
  • Good Practice in Post-Conflict Reconstruction 

    O'Driscoll, Dylan (IDS, 2018-11-02)
    This rapid review synthesises the evidence on best practices in post-conflict reconstruction from academic, policy and non-governmental organisation (NGO) sources. The literature points to the importance of planning and ...
  • Cash-Based Initiatives for Refugees in Jordan: Annotated Bibliography 

    Idris, Iffat (IDS, 2018-08-15)
    The available literature tells us little about the effectiveness of targeting of cash-based initiatives (CBIs) for refugees in Jordan. However, it suggests there are positive impacts on food security for refugees, their ...
  • ICTs and Livelihood Supports of Refugees and IDPs 

    Hatayama, Maho (IDS, 2018-11-16)
    This rapid review examined the examples of ICT approaches to address livelihood needs of those living in IDP and refugee camps. It also examined the lessons learned from these approaches. It identifies mobile and digital-based ...
  • Rule of Law Challenges in the Western Balkans 

    Haider, Huma (IDS, 2018-10-23)
    Establishing the rule of law remains a key challenge in the Western Balkans. Progress in the region, while different across countries, is slow (Mendelski, 2018; Milošević and Muk, 2016). The rule of law criterion has emerged ...
  • Rebuilding Pastoralist Livelihoods During and After Conflict 

    Avis, William (IDS, 2018-09-03)
    The impacts of different approaches to protecting and promoting / rebuilding pastoralist livelihoods during and after conflict is mixed, complicated by the evolving nature of conflict (including its different forms), the ...
  • Benefits of STEM Education 

    Ismail, Zenobia (IDS, 2018-09-04)
    The literature on STEM education in developing countries focuses on the challenges many young people face with regard to access to secondary and tertiary education in general as well as the gender gaps in STEM education. ...
  • Integrating Militias 

    Strachan, Anna Louise (IDS, 2018-07-24)
    The integration of militias into armed forces is often seen as a means of preventing the resumption of conflict in post-conflict settings (Colletta, 2012, p. 48). It has been used as a strategy in a number of countries, ...

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