By bridging the divide between evidence production and use, the RDI Network aims to maximise the outcomes and impact of research in real world development policy and practice.
This work seeks to benefit research funders, commissioners, producers, translators and users. It is a long-term project of the Network and is currently in its initial phase. If you would like to know more about current work in this area or to be involved, please contact us.
From Evidence to Impact
The RDI Network commissioned a study to investigate the development outcomes and impacts of research undertaken under the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS), a significant Australian Government investment in development research from 2007-2016.
The purpose of this study was to uncover the pathways to impact used by the ADRAS projects and to document real world changes in policy and practice in the mid-long term.
The resulting report, From evidence to impact: Development contributions of Australian aid funded research [PDF], identifies five key facilitators of research influence including:
- prior familiarity with research context/users
- planning for impact
- proactive engagement with end users
- fit-for-purpose outputs
- lasting engagement
By understanding these key facilitators of research influence, researchers and research funders can more strategically plan their pathway to impact.
The report provides a breadth of different ways in which ADRAS-funded research led to development outcomes across health, gender, disability, water and sanitation, education and other sectors and in multiple countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and others.
The report offers a series of actionable recommendations targeted at different groups involved in the research process. These recommendations cover the means of strengthening research practice and outcomes towards impact; covering funding, advocacy, communications and engagement activities.
Researchers, research funders and research networks are invited to use the findings of this report to maximise development outcomes of future research.
You can download the full report, executive summary or brief of this study below.