Enhancing Research Impact in International Development: A Practical Guide for Practitioners and Researchers

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Enhancing Research Impact in International Development: A Practical Guide for Practitioners and Researchers

Enhancing Research Impact in International Development: A Practical Guide for Practitioners and Researchers

The aim of this guide is to enhance ‘research impact’ in International Development. It will assist Australian-based practitioners
and researchers operating in sector to maximise the research impact of a project.

It outlines tools and strategies to promote a research project’s outputs and outcomes, and to encourage research uptake and research use. The guide was developed by the Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI) at Western Sydney University, in conjunction with a Steering Committee from the Research for Development Impact Network (RDI Network).

Why use this?
RDI Network’s report From Evidence to Impact explored the relationship between Australian Development Research Awards Schemes (ADRAS) projects between 2007 and 2016, and their influence on policy and practice. The study followed a rigorous methodology to develop a ‘Framework for Exploring Research for Development Impact’ (FERDI). These facilitators provided a way to guide practical approaches to improve research uptake and use by researchers and research funders.

The overwhelmingly positive response from the community showed that the sector needed a guide to use and explain these five facilitators of research influence.

Who should use this guide?
For those engaged in the development sector, parts of this guide may be more useful than others, depending
on your role. Below are suggestions of which parts of the guide may be most useful for different groups:

  • Donor state officers: Conducting research in development contexts; Foundational Facilitators; Engaging End Users; Lasting Engagement.
  • First time researchers: Conducting research in development contexts; Foundational Facilitators; Planning for Impact; Engaging End Users.
  • Locally Engaged Staff: Engaging End Users; Lasting Engagement.
  • Policy Makers: Planning for Impact; Engaging End Users; Influential Outputs.
  • Return researchers: Influential Outputs; Planning for Impact.