NGO Research Programme

INTRAC's NGO Research Programme is a membership programme that brings NGOs together to:

  • Learn from and collaborate with each other and wider networks
  • Benefit from space for open discussion through webinars and face-to-face meetings
  • Receive tailored mentoring support to turn experience and learning into accessible publications
  • Enhance research capacity through support on research approaches and methods

Membership benefits

Members benefit from:

  • Forums and webinars based on member-determined research themes
  • We keep members informed of opportunities to participate in relevant research projects, events, and grant proposals
  • Support for writing and publication: Mentoring upon request in the writing of ONTRAC articles (INTRAC’s regular newsletter), practitioner-oriented short papers, and academic journal articles
  • M&E Digest: INTRAC’s private monthly electronic bulletin collating and annotating essays and research on monitoring and evaluation
  • 10 per cent discount on INTRAC open training courses
  • Full online access to Development in Practice journal
  • Paper copies of ONTRAC for distribution within the organisation and to partners

More information: NGO Research Programme overview 2014-2015

Thematic activities for members

From March 2014 we have adopted a new formula for the NGO Research programme, moving from two forums a year in Oxford, UK, to one forum and four webinars.

  • NGO Research Forum

INTRAC hosts an NGO Research Forum once a year in Oxford, UK. The forum provides an excellent opportunity for members to meet other practitioners and academics, share their experiences, and hear about the latest research on civil society and international development.

More information on the NGO Research Forum

  • Webinar Series

INTRAC is running a series of two-hour thematic webinars for NGO Research Programme members. The next webinar will be February. Each member organisation can occupy up to five webinar spaces.

More information on the webinar series

What does it cost to join and how are the funds used?

Members pay an annual contribution to the NGO Research Programme basket fund. The cost for 2014-15 is £9500.

INTRAC relies on support from within the sector to provide valuable research and to share learning. By joining the NGO Research Programme, members are building the capacity of their organisation as well as supporting the wider civil society sector.

Through this basket fund we are able to:

  • Identify emerging issues and provide accessible and grounded insights useful to practitioners, policy makers and academics
  • Provide support to practitioners to turn their experiences into accessible publications
  • Bridge the gap between research and practice, ensuring that our wide range of practitioner-oriented publications is openly available
  • Bring organisations together through organising events, webinars and convening panels at conferences on topics of importance to civil society
  • Contribute to crucial debates affecting civil society
  • Develop larger research programmes on NGOs and civil society in partnership with research institutions, ensuring that research is relevant to practitioners, and involves practitioners
  • Keep the research section of our website up to date with useful information and resources

Interested in joining the NGO Research Programme?

Contact INTRAC’s research team at 

We would love to welcome new members and are happy to answer any questions. We understand the challenges of justifying support, so we are willing to discuss your needs and capacity to engage with the Research Programme.

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