Rethinking Research Impact through Principles for Fair and Equitable Partnerships

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Abstract
With renewed investment of the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) commitment into research, there is a need to rethink traditional understandings of ‘research impact’. In this article we argue that impact in ODA-funded research should go beyond translating research findings into practice and policy or implementing research in partnership with research mediators/users. Instead, the development agendas of those living and working in the global South, including academics and practitioners, and those working in international non-governmental organisations should influence the research agendas, approaches and the schemes that allocate funding. These stakeholders have profound knowledge of what real world impact looks like, the types of impact needed, local and national realities, and how complex processes of development impact unfold. Drawing on a programme of strategic research conducted by the Rethinking Research Collaborative, we examine eight principles for ‘fair and equitable research partnerships’ using insights from our individual experiences to offer new thinking on ODA-funded research impact.
Year of Publication
2019
Journal
IDS Bulletin
Volume
50
Issue
2
Number of Pages
innog, research_centre+
ISBN Number
0265-5012
URL
http://oro.open.ac.uk/60469/