Rethinking impact, collaboration and capacity in ODA-funded research
Jude Fransman (The Open University)
Pradeep Narayanan (Praxis)
Kate Newman (Christian Aid)
Budd Hall (University of Victoria )
Jonathan Harle (INASP)
Impactful development?
Berrill Theatre
Wednesday 19 June, 15:30-17:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

Through a series of sessions in a variety of formats (e.g. debates, roundtable discussions, workshops etc.) this panel seeks to address some of the challenges surrounding impact, collaboration and capacity strengthening for ODA-funded research.

Long abstract:

The launch of initiatives such as the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) marks an unprecedented investment of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment into research. This means that research must be ODA-compliant with measurable benefits to countries on the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC)'s list. The challenge of ODA-compliance raises three central concerns around impact (ensuring research leads to societal and/or economic benefits), collaboration (ensuring research crosses disciplinary/sectoral/national boundaries, responding to 'real world problems' in specific contexts) and capacity (ensuring diverse stakeholders have the relevant knowledge and resources to support collaborative ODA research practice). This poses significant challenges to traditional approaches to research as well as traditional understandings of research impact, ethics, quality and governance.

The sessions in this panel will focus on the following themes:

•Rethinking research impact for ODA-funded research: How can pathways to ODA-research impact be created and evaluated? What can we learn from the impact practices of other development stakeholders?

•Rethinking research collaboration for ODA-funded research: How do different types of research partner collaborate? What challenges do they face and how might these be overcome?

•Rethinking research capacity for ODA-funded research: What types of knowledge and material resources are needed? Who's capacity should be strengthened? Where, how and by whom? What are the implications for researcher development programmes for development studies scholars?

•Rethinking research governance for ODA-funded research: Are our current policy/funding systems sufficient? Who participates in agenda-setting and evaluation? What is the role of funders in the global South?