Barnard, G., Carlile, L. and Basu Ray, D.(2007):
Maximising the Impact of Development Research: How can funders encourage more effective research communication? Final Report Based on a Workshop held at the Institute of Development Studies, 16–18 October 2006.
Abstract: A great deal of research is carried out each year on subjects that are directly relevant to policy and practice in international development. But how much of that gets to make a difference? Most would agree that the answer is ‘not enough'. Too much research stays within the confines of the academic community that produces it, and is locked away in reports and articles that are only read by a handful of specialists. So what can research funders do to change this? They are key stakeholders in the research process, and not just because they control the funding levers. Many are also important development players in their own right. At different times they may be the subject of research, target audiences for it, or collaborators in spreading its results.
This puts funders in an interesting and potentially influential position. There seems to be growing momentum around research communication. The idea of holding the Workshop emerged from conversations with a number of funding agencies and research organisations who feel this is an opportune time to bring interested parties together to explore the question ‘how can funders encourage more effective research communication?'. The focus was on the specific role research funders can play, not on the practical or theoretic aspects of ‘how to do research communication'. While these aspects are covered in outline in this paper, the intention is to put the discussion in context rather than trying to provide a definitive analysis of the various theories and approaches. The reading list, and links in the various points throughout the text, highlight more detailed sources for those wishing to delve more deeply.
Stamm, Andreas (2008):
Development studies - development research: Germany's position in international perspective. Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik/ German Development Institute (Discussion Paper 17/2008)
Abstract: The comparative study on Development Research (DR) in Germany and three other European countries was commissioned by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It gives an overview of the available resources, the institutional setting and the governance of DR in the four countries. The paper will neither provide an indepth evaluation of the DR realized by the four countries nor is it embedded in a more general discussion of the growing role of research for development cooperation. The understanding of the term DR varies largely in the four countries. In the most common and broadest definition DR is any kind of research with relevance for development and developing countries. Thus, a large number of disciplines may contribute to DR. A more restricted understanding defines DR as mainly social science based research on global and local processes of cultural, demographic, economic, environmental, political, technological and social change in low and middle income parts of the world. DR covers a wide array of applications, from feeding the academic search for new or improved knowledge to resolving immediate problems formulated by policy makers. In three of the countries, strengthening of research capabilities in the South is considered as a constitutive element of the promotion of DR.