I am interested in research and how it can contribute to international development. I work for DfID as Head of the Evidence into Action team – but the opinions here are all my own. If you are interested in my career, you can read about it in this post.
I am happy for anyone to use any of my illustrations but please do attribute with a link back to this blog – Ta! I love getting comments but if you are going to say something critical, please could I ask you to use your real name (sorry but I have had a bit of a problem with trolls in the past). Anonymous commenters who say nice things are most welcome!
If you are new to the blog, some of my favourite posts are:
- Supply and demand in evidence-informed policy
- Learning styles and other made-up stuff
- How to look smart to development geeks
- Why my husband is a rubbish german teacher
If you have a bit more time, I have written a couple of blog series on topics that I think are particular important:
- Series on capacity building starts here
- Series on impact of research on development starts here
- Series on careers for researchers in development starts here
Beyond this blog, other stuff by or about me includes:
This guide to research uptake for DFID-funded programmes on which I was the lead author.
Guest blogs on:
- Building Demand for Evidence (for the Alliance for Useful Evidence)
- Investing in Policy Makers’ Capacity (for Africa Evidence Network)
- DFID’s How-to note on Assessing the Strength of Evidence (for Research to Action)
- UK attitudes to Africa (for Africa on the blog)
- My favourite shoes (for Alexander Brown)
- Why I would like to be a fundamentalist (for Leaving Fundamentalism).
This paper about building capacity to use research in the IDS Bulletin (which is annoyingly paywalled)
Some very nerdy science papers of which this one has the best title