This section contains outputs from the Strategic Advisory Team for Impact. Please see the documents below for advice on creating impact within the context of the ESRC-DFID Scheme, and for evidence of existing and potential impact from research already conducted within the Scheme.

Phase 1 review report

This report was carried out by the Strategic Advisory Team during 2011. It presents an initial review and analysis of projects awarded during Phase 1 of the scheme and their impact, based on analysis of documentation produced by grant holders.

The report was sent to all the principal investigators of the projects reviewed. It should be noted that during the period that the review was carried out, some reports had been submitted to ESRC but were not yet available to the SAT. With the launch of the new Research Outcomes System in November 2011, this process has been improved and future reviews will have more complete documentation.

The following documents are available to download:

Alleviating Poverty Series

These two-page case studies provide an overview of the findings and potential impacts of scheme projects. If you are an ESRC-DFID grant holder and would like your project featured in a future case study, please email

Impact Strategy

This Strategy outlines the Scheme's approach to creating impact. The principles and original document are shared with another joint Research Council and DFID programme, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (external website). 

ESPA-UKCDS Impact event

Held in January 2012 in London, this event aimed to enable DFID, the Research Councils and other funders and stakeholders to further consider how research impact can be recognised and assessed when it comes to international development. It brought together people who have been considering some of the issues around research impact, but who have not had the opportunity to meet before.