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About the Impact and Learning Team
We are interested in how communication of research brings about change - in particular, what happens when people and technology mediate between researchers and decision makers. We use the term "intermediary" to describe people and technology acting in this way. We think they play a critical role in making knowledge accessible, relevant and responsive to demand.
We are exploring and testing this assumption using action research. We support people to think about the difference they want to make as well as how they are going to go about it. We draw insights and approaches from IDS's history of research, and the fields of marketing, strategic planning and evaluation, and capacity development.
We work closely with the IDS Knowledge Services and other knowledge-sharing networks, such as AfricaAdapt, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, and the I-K-Mediary Network.
Our vision is a world in which poverty does not exist, social justice prevails and economic growth is focused on improving human wellbeing. We believe that research knowledge can drive the change that must happen in order for this vision to be realised.
Founded in 1966, IDS enjoys an international reputation based on the quality of our work and our commitment to applying academic skills to real-world challenges. Our theory of change is at the heart of what we do. We think that knowledge should be generated by sound methodology and in partnership with other development and non-development actors.
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