Calling for a systems approach to research impact

Livestock keepers in Morogoro, Tanzania examine a poster used to obtain informed consent for research

Livestock keepers in Morogoro, Tanzania examine a poster used to obtain informed consent for research (photo: ILRI/Tarni Cooper).

Investors in research-for-development are nowadays increasingly calling for the programs and projects they fund to demonstrate impact at scale. However, this push for impact has led to research becoming more producer-focused, something Nick Perkins, the director of SciDev.Net, considers to be the wrong approach to research impact.

Instead, Perkins advocates for a user-focused, systems-based approach to research that makes use of independent knowledge brokers and experts in the field of research uptake. This, he says, will enable us “learn more effectively about what works when research gets put to use”.

Read the editorial by Nick Perkins, The wrong approach to research impactposted on SciDev.Net on 4 April 2016).

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