Making development organisations smarter

Removing freshly caught fish from nets. Photo by Wrold Bank/Arne Hoel

In an increasingly interconnected world, development organisations need to be smarter, making better use of research-based evidence to influence policy and change lives.

We support donors and development agencies to design effective programmes, which have:

  • A rigorous context analysis to understand the political, social, cultural and economic factors which can support or hinder progress.
  • Flexible implementation plans that emphasise learning and evolution, including cessation and complete re-design of approaches that do not work.
  • Embedding effective monitoring, evaluation and learning into all projects, programmes, strategies and policies.

Examples of our work in this area include:

DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme

The DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) seeks to generate high quality evidence on economic growth in low-income countries.

RAPIS leads the Evidence and Policy Group, which works to maximise the impact of DEGRP research.

VakaYiko: building capacity to use research evidence

RAPID is part of the VakaYiko consortium working to build the skills of policy-makers in Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa to make better evidence-informed decision making.

In South Africa, RAPID is working to develop organisational processes that enable policy-makers to articulate their research needs and use.

RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach (ROMA)

ROMA is an overarching guide to improving policy engagement and influence. It brings together RAPID's extensive experience in this field, providing practical tools and advice on how to foster sustainable policy influence.