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dc.contributor.authorSumner, Andy
dc.contributor.authorIshmael-Perkins, Nick
dc.contributor.authorLindstrom, Johanna
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-23T14:23:58Z
dc.date.available2011-05-23T14:23:58Z
dc.date.issued2010-08
dc.identifier.citationSumner, A., Ishmael-Perkins, N. and Lindstrom, J. (2009) 'Making Science of Influencing: Assessing the Impact of Development Research', IDS Working Paper 335, Brighton: IDSen_GB
dc.identifier.isbn978 1 85864 798 3
dc.identifier.urihttp://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/handle/123456789/914
dc.description.abstractThe impact and influence of development research is an agenda that has been gathering momentum over the last few years. This agenda is a coming together of two divergent concerns. The first, from the funders of research, draws on results based management and is concerned with getting value-for-money from research spending or with ‘more bang for the buck’. The second, more typical of those in the development studies research community, is concerned with whether research in the area is ‘making a difference’. Among development researchers there is also often a political or normative basis – addressing global poverty and inequality – and catalysing change. The meanings of the terms’ impact and influence are multiple, multi-layered and complex to track. They may refer to use (i.e. consideration) or actual outcome(s) of social change. They can be visible or invisible; progressive or regressive. Impacts and influence can be intended or unintended and immediate or long-term. The processes of impact and influence are acknowledged to be non-linear, iterative and complex. This paper considers the impact and influence of development research from a plurality of perspectives. Interest in the impact/influence of research projects aggregates upwards to support the overall case for (often public) funding of development research (in areas that are likely to play a major role in the next few years in changing the climate for public expenditure in light of the global financial crisis).en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherInstitute of Development Studies (UK)en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIDS Working Paper;335
dc.rights.urihttp://www.ids.ac.uk/files/dmfile/IDSOpenDocsStandardTermsOfUse.pdfen_GB
dc.titleMaking science of influencing: assessing the impact of development researchen_GB
dc.typeIDS Working Paperen_GB
dc.rights.holderInstitute of Development Studiesen_GB
dc.identifier.externalurihttp://www.ntd.co.uk/idsbookshop/details.asp?id=1134en_GB
dc.identifier.blds282608


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