DFID’s new strategy places emphasis on making research available and accessible. To achieve this ambition, DFID has committed to spend up to 30% of their overall investment in research by 2013 in this area, i.e. some £60m of the anticipated overall allocation of £200m. This includes investment within research programmes themselves for outreach and communication, but also includes new programmes and increased emphasis on improving knowledge management, monitoring, evaluation and learning, a new synthesis function and decentralising some research services. This includes a dedicated investment in initiatives that specifically deliver the communication of research, which can expect to increase significantly from the current annual level of approximately £11m (2008/09).
The DFID research strategy 2008-2013 calls for a balance between creating new knowledge and technology and getting knowledge and technology – both new and existing – into use, and to make the most of DFID's ability to influence policy to make sure research makes an impact.
It is the subject of this lesson learning study to:
- Understand what lessons are emerging from across the current DFID funded research communication programme portfolio, and consider the implications for DFID to deliver commitments in the new research strategy; and to
- Examine how the current portfolio reflects and supports DFIDs commitments in the research strategy, so that DFID can enhance and modify it as appropriate.
1. A lesson learning report which includes
- A summary of existing learning resources across the Communication programmes
- Key lessons learnt from the programmes as they relate to the new research strategy
- Observations from other key donors, in particular co-funders of DFID funded communications programmes, on their research communications strategies and relevant interests
- Recommendations to DFID based on this learning on how to build on and strengthen the programmes it supports in order to deliver the research strategy
2. Bespoke, in-depth studies of specific issues to address gaps in the learning provided by existing reports / evaluations etc.
3. A presentation to DFID staff outlining the above
4. A presentation to DFID-funded programmes to share the lesson-learning component of this work.