Musings on research, international development and other stuff


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:

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 literature review examining the impact of research on international development which I wrote as part of my DFID day job – see blogs about the paper starting here.

This guide to research uptake for DFID-funded programmes on which I was the lead author.

Guest blogs on:

Interviews for:

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



4 thoughts on “About

  1. I was individually liking all the articles . All of them are phenomenally great 🙂 I truely loved reading all of them..evryone outdoes the other.. I will read up all your stuff slowly.. loved them

  2. Pingback: Why I’d love to be a fundamentalist (guest post by @kirstyevidence) | Leaving Fundamentalism

  3. Hi Kirsty,
    I am a very keen follower of your blog and thanks for the interesting posts! could you please share information on which application you use for the cartoons? I also have a young blog, I like the way you use the cartoons, and would like to follow suit 🙂

  4. ¿what you call international development?

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