Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) Evaluation

2017-18; DFID; Multi-Country

The Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) programme, is a five-year, £10.2m programme jointly funded by DFID and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by INASP between 2013 and 2018. The programme aims to increase sustainable (a) access to and (b) production of research literature in particular low income countries. The expected impact is that research knowledge contributes to economic and social development.

The SRKS programme supports individual, institutional, inter-personal and environmental capacity strengthening for a wide range of stakeholders within national and international research systems in Africa, Asia and Latin America. INASP provides support for the production of research (including the access to international research) and also the sharing/communication of research through publication, conferences and other means.

The primary purpose of this evaluation is in-depth learning about the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and prospective impacts of the SRKS programme since 2013. Therefore, the means by which observed changes were achieved and the barriers to further change will be important features. The secondary objective is to provide accountability for DFID and SIDA’s investment. The evaluation covers the SRKS programme as a whole, including INASP’s work across 24 countries.


Itad is delivering a utilisation focused evaluation. It is being implemented in a way that fosters a strong sense of engagement and ownership of the process and outputs among DFID, SIDA and INASP (the primary intended users of the evaluation). In addition to this, the evaluation will be underpinned by a clear learning and communication plan to ensure the results reach as wide a set of stakeholders as possible (the secondary intended users of the evaluation). We see this clear focus on uptake and use as key to ensuring the evaluation generates strong value for money.

Our evaluation design is structured around five evaluation criteria (relevance, value for money, effectiveness / sustainability, impact and adaptability) and 14 evaluation questions which together provide the focus for all data collection and analysis.  It will assess the results that SRKS has achieved (and the lessons that have been learnt) at the country level through desk based country reviews and in-country case studies. In recognition that there are certain aspects of SRKS that cut across countries, our evaluation design also includes an assessment of programme wide activities.

Using the evaluation questions and criteria as an overall framework, we will code, compare and synthesise data from the desk based country reviews, in-country case studies and the programme wide analysis. This will result in high quality and accessible materials which will draw out key lessons and insights for DFID, SIDA and INASP to take forward.

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For more information please contact:

Christopher Smith
T: +44 (0) 1273 765250