Engaging stakeholders

Without engagement, research evidence is likely to sit on shelves acquiring dust. Researchers need to engage with potential users of their research to target it appropriately, and to understand the needs and interests of those who commission research. Equally, policy makers’ and programmers’ engagement with researchers can bridge ‘divides’ of their different worlds. In the last decade there has been a rise in research partnerships, co-designed or co-produced research and embedding of research processes in development programming approaches. Effective stakeholder engagement is a key skill that enables research use and impact.
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