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Charlotte Watts: How to make an impact with DFID

In a year of major change in development research, impact remains central to the Department for International Development's agenda. Charlotte Watts, DFID’s chief scientific adviser, gives Cristina Gallardo some tips on how to achieve it.

On 26 October, international development secretary Priti Patel confirmed that the Department for International Development was to spend £390 million a year over the next four years on development research.

The pledge no doubt led to sighs of relief from development researchers across the UK. But the tenor of Patel’s speech, and the DFID Research Review that accompanied it, made it quite obvious that the department wouldn’t be relaxing its impact requirements. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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