The RDI Network seeks to strengthen cross-sector partnerships and linkages which promote the development and uptake of quality research in international development policy and practice. As a community and platform for establishing connections, the Network aims to foster collaborations and partnerships which advance and add value to research undertaken by the sector.
The resources below provide a showcase of effective partnership examples and seek to guide potential partnerships by sharing from learned experiences. They are collated into three categories:
Tools and Guidance
Advancing the Network’s core objective of fostering cross-sector partnerships, in 2017 the RDI Network has published a user-friendly guide for academics and practitioners to apply at all stages of the partnership process. The Network welcomes your feedback on the use of this guide, and encourages suggestions of further tools or resources which would support organisations and individuals through the partnership process.
You can download the guide below.
How to Partner for Development Research
Featuring practical tools and good practice case studies, this resource is an essential reference throughout the partnership process. Recognising that effective partnerships require intentional and continuous management, the Guide successfully unpacks a broad range of partnerships as they sit on a spectrum of collaboration, and cover the partnership process in all of its stages.Download How to Partner for Development Research
How to collaborate with Pacific Churches for development research
Building upon the foundational content of the Network’s 2017 guide How to Partner for Development Research, this resource offers practical insights and advice about how to engage effectively and respectfully with Churches and Church-based organisations in the Pacific. Using the inputs from a range of real-life case studies, the guide will benefit academics, NGOs and consultants seeking to collaborate with Churches on research-based activities.Download How to collaborate with Pacific Churches for development research
The case studies below are sourced from across the Network and detail successes, challenges and lessons from past and ongoing academic–NGO research partnerships.
Exploring the links between child and youth participation and development effectiveness: a joint research and learning partnership
University of Technology Sydney, ChildFund Australia, Transform Aid International, Plan International Australia and InSight SustainabilityDownload Exploring the links between child and youth participation and development effectiveness
A partnership for learning, reflection and evaluation in action: Exploring opportunities for understanding program impact
Plan International and University of Technology SydneyDownload A partnership for learning, reflection and evaluation in action
Women in partnership: making justice work for women
ActionAid Australia, University of Sydney and University of Technology SydneyDownload Women in partnership: making justice work for women
The Oxfam Monash Partnership
Oxfam Australia and Monash UniversityDownload The Oxfam Monash Partnership
Gia Lai Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Project
This Case Study features in the resource How to Partner for Development Research found under Tools and Guidance on this page.Download Gia Lai ECCD Project
Gender in Pacific WASH
This Case Study features in the resource How to Partner for Development Research found under Tools and Guidance on this page.Download Gender in Pacific WASH
Oxfam Monash Partnership (2017 update)
This Case Study features in the resource How to Partner for Development Research found under Tools and Guidance on this page.Download Oxfam Monash Partnership 2017
Learning and Development
Following a successful Research Partnerships in Practice Workshop in 2014, learnings and were documented and shared with the Network in the Learning and Devlelopment note below.
Research Partnerships in Practice
ACFID, Oxfam Australia and Monash UniversityDownload Research Partnerships in Practice