In 2014 ESRC and DFID set four groups of researchers a challenging task: to look across more than 100 diverse projects funded through our Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and synthesise and assess the evidence they had generated on a number of themes: children and young people; gender; health; and research methods.

The resulting reports are valuable pieces of research and rich sources of information which we hope will be of interest to a broad range of audiences. They highlight the specific achievements and contributions of Joint Fund research - to knowledge about development issues, to methods and approaches to researching these, and to supporting social and economic impact.

The ESRA also helpfully point to spaces where more research would be valuable, issuing challenges both to researchers and funders to consider how they continue to drive as well as respond to evolving development agendas and changing global circumstances.

A series of summaries to capture these findings and their implications for policymakers as well as for researchers also accompany the main reports, produced by the Impact Initiative.

Reports and response