Collaboration between academics and NGOs on research projects can provide opportunities to advance policy and programming agendas to tackle global development challenges. Collaboration can improve the impact of international development research.

INTRAC has long promoted effective practitioner-academic collaboration. We focus on:

  • Shaping research approaches and agendas that involve or affect civil society organisations
  • Conducting research and contributing to debates on what makes for effective partnership
  • Putting learning into practice through direct involvement in collaborative research projects with academics, to which we bring knowledge from practice around the world on key development topics. We apply our methods expertise and experience in dissemination and outreach to ensure outputs are relevant to practitioners and policy-makers

Promoting collaboration

In 2012, INTRAC, World Vision and the University of Bradford received a grant from the Development Studies Association. The four-month ‘Cracking Collaboration’ project explored research collaboration, looking at: how partnerships are negotiated and navigated; the impetus behind partnerships; how collaboration affects research results; and the highs and lows of collaboration.

In November 2016, we facilitated a two-day conference hosted by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and Centre for Global Development to explore the role of interdisciplinary research in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Collaborative research projects

We put learning into practice on what makes for effective collaboration through our involvement in long-term research projects with academics in the North and South, including the University of Mzumbe (Tanzania); and the Universities of Reading and Portsmouth (UK).

Contribution to debates

We are members of academic and practitioner networks/associations, including the International Society for Third Sector Research, and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes. We also co-convene the Development Studies Association NGOs in Development Study Group.

We are following the Rethinking Research Partnerships seminar series. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and led by UK-based universities and INGOs, this series aims to improve practice in research partnerships in the international development sector.