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Episode 2
‘A cup of tea with….’
Yaso Kunaratnam
Research & Policy Officer, UKCDS
House keeping
• 5 minute introduction by Saskia Gent
• 15 minute discussion with Yaso Kunaratnam
• 10 minute Q&A with the ...
Poll
How well do you think development research
funders and donors promote and support research
uptake and impact?
Very we...
About UKCDS
• UKCDS is a group of 14 UK
Government departments and
research funders working in
international development.
...
Balancing CCI for research excellence & impact
Competition
ImpactCollaboration
strengthened research
capacity
research exc...
Findings on Research Uptake & Impact (RUI)
• Research is seen as central to drive development impact and is being increasi...
Funder activities to support RUI
Activities
Pre Award Stage
 Call design and specification for impact.
 Scoping workshop...
How can development research funders and donors
better support research uptake and impact?
• Hold back money for post-awar...
Research Uptake/Impact Resources
1. UKCDS report: Striking the balance: Between Competition, Collaboration and Impact in
i...
Join us for the next webinar
3) Thursday 30th March ‘Capacity building’ with
Diana Coates, speaking about DRUSSA.
4) Thurs...
Follow R2A on social media
• Twitter @Research2Action
• Facebook @Research2Action
• Instagram @Research2Action
• LinkedIn ...
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In Episode 2 of Research to Action's 'Cup of tea with' webinar series Yaso Kunaratnam Policy & Research Officer at UKCDS spoke about competition, collaboration and impact from the perspective of donors and funders of development research. The webinar took a slightly different approach to the topic stakeholder engagement, looking at the under explored area of how funders can collaborate more. Yaso presented findings from UKCDS' latest report about how funders can better support research uptake and impact.

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  1. 1. Episode 2 ‘A cup of tea with….’ Yaso Kunaratnam Research & Policy Officer, UKCDS
  2. 2. House keeping • 5 minute introduction by Saskia Gent • 15 minute discussion with Yaso Kunaratnam • 10 minute Q&A with the audience • When you have a question please type it into the question box and we will share it with the panel and participants. • If you do not have a chance to ask your question please send it in via email or social media using the hashtag #R2AWebinar.
  3. 3. Poll How well do you think development research funders and donors promote and support research uptake and impact? Very well Well Satisfactorily Badly Don’t Know
  4. 4. About UKCDS • UKCDS is a group of 14 UK Government departments and research funders working in international development. • Key aim is to help maximise the impact of UK research investments in international development. • See http://www.ukcds.org.uk/
  5. 5. Balancing CCI for research excellence & impact Competition ImpactCollaboration strengthened research capacity research excellence evidence-informed decision - making/policy/practice long-lasting, transformative collaborations innovation research uptake/ policy influence open data and knowledge interdisciplinarity southern participation/ engagement equitable north-south and south- south research partnerships co-production of knowledge socio-economic and environmental benefits in LMICs research quality From 2017 UKCDS report looking at funder approaches and perspectives: Striking the balance: Between Competition, Collaboration and Impact in international development research calls & programmes and blog.
  6. 6. Findings on Research Uptake & Impact (RUI) • Research is seen as central to drive development impact and is being increasingly supported by Governments in LMICs and international funders. • There is increasing pressure for funders to demonstrate and account for the impact of research they fund in international development. • In an international development context, researchers are being required to shift from demonstrating research excellence alone (high quality research making academic advances), to also proving connection to benefits on the ground in developing countries.
  7. 7. Funder activities to support RUI Activities Pre Award Stage  Call design and specification for impact.  Scoping workshops.  Expert Advisory Groups.  Fostering programme coherence  design programme with complementary themes.  hold back money for integration.  provide funding for researchers to adapt proposals or collaborate.  Providing feedback on applications.  Peer review.  Catalyst grants. Post-Award Stage  Programme-level research uptake support and evaluation.  Post-award workshop/s.  Post-award funding.  Programme conference.  Using flexible approaches in programme design. Post-funding models  Directorate.  Research Programme Consortia (RPC).
  8. 8. How can development research funders and donors better support research uptake and impact? • Hold back money for post-award activities and programme integration/coherence. • Link multiple calls across funders to maximise impact. • Shift to a demand-led approach (rather than supply-led) through scoping country and decision-maker needs first and thinking about interventions in a political context. • More targeted support for independent knowledge brokers who broker research from all possible sources (beyond funders’ own portfolios). • Further investigation of overarching post-funding models. • Explore how to support research that will see long-term impact beyond the lifetime of the funded research programme (e.g. in environmental sciences). • Explore how to support interdisciplinarity more effectively and offering better guidance on capacity strengthening. • Improve peer review and assessment of interdisciplinarity, capacity development, partnerships and impact. • Explore ways to address tensions in achieving research impact in international development and research excellence.
  9. 9. Research Uptake/Impact Resources 1. UKCDS report: Striking the balance: Between Competition, Collaboration and Impact in international development research calls & programmes and blog. 2. Analysis of REF case studies in international development 2015 and top 20 case studies. 3. UKCDS research uptake exploratory workshop with funders. 4. UKCDS /DFID Guidelines on how to evaluate research programmes. 5. UKCDS researcher hub, ‘Your Research: Science for Global Good’ includes case studies, a new funding hub and tips for building partnerships. 6. UKCDS member guides e.g. ESRC’s impact toolkit and DFID’s Research Uptake Guide.
  10. 10. Join us for the next webinar 3) Thursday 30th March ‘Capacity building’ with Diana Coates, speaking about DRUSSA. 4) Thursday 27th April ‘Communications’ with INASP. 5) Thursday 25th May ‘Monitoring & Evaluation’ with John Young, ODI RAPID. SIGN UP HERE
  11. 11. Follow R2A on social media • Twitter @Research2Action • Facebook @Research2Action • Instagram @Research2Action • LinkedIn http://ow.ly/67Vg308bxP2 • Vimeo http://ow.ly/8v2N308bxTg

In Episode 2 of Research to Action's 'Cup of tea with' webinar series Yaso Kunaratnam Policy & Research Officer at UKCDS spoke about competition, collaboration and impact from the perspective of donors and funders of development research. The webinar took a slightly different approach to the topic stakeholder engagement, looking at the under explored area of how funders can collaborate more. Yaso presented findings from UKCDS' latest report about how funders can better support research uptake and impact.

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