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HEARD's executive director, Professor Whiteside completed his fractional appointment with the British Department for International Development (DFID) at the end of 2012. In January 2013 he gave a lunch time presentation Getting HIV Research into use: A Reflection to the staff at the head quarters in London. DFID is a major funder of research so these concepts are vital and central to their work. HEARD is an applied research unit and the reflections are based on the organisation’s experience. His presentation provides recommendations, considerations and success examples in making HIV research usable and provides strategies for the dissemination of information. The discussion following the presentation looked at the differences between achieving policy influence by lobbying for uptake of particular results and supporting evidence-informed policy making. Click here for the presentation.