Making research and evaluation more useful

Pokhara tashiling, Nepal. Photo by IMS Blidarkiv

RAPID believes that development research and evaluation should be rigorous, relevant and useful. This will build smarter and stronger systems for policy-makers and practitioners to effect change.

We work with researchers, think tanks and civil society organisations to promote:

  • Collaborative engagement to define the scope of their work and achieve impact.
  • More appropriate and targeted communication of results.
  • More flexible and rigorous evaluation to generate credible evidence.
  • Better mechanisms for sharing knowledge and learning.

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.

RAPID leads the Programme's Evidence and Policy Group, which works to maximise the impact of DEGRP research.

Earthquakes Without Frontiers

Earthquakes Without Frontiers (EWF) is a five-year partnership for increasing resilience to seismic hazards in China, Nepal and Kazakhstan.

It brings together natural and social scientific knowledge around seismic hazards to build pathways to resilience.


BetterEvaluation aims to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing and generating information about evaluation. The online platform hosts resources, tools and discussions on evaluation processes and approaches. It is a geat resource for both experienced evaluators and those new to the field.

The Methods Lab

The Methods Lab is an action learning collaboration. It develops approaches to address challenges in the design, implementation and use of impact evaluations. For individual programmes, the Methods Lab advises on evaluation and learning systems.