River deltas often support high population densities, and globally are home to over 500 million people. A large proportion of these delta populations experience extremes of poverty and are severely vulnerable to environmental degradation. DELTAS is looking at the relationship between ecosystem services and human well-being and health in the Bangladeshi portion of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta - as well as understanding how it may evolve in the future, and what that tells us about other populous delta regions around the world.
Impact is at the heart of ESPA. ESPA’s research will improve the lives of poor people in developing countries by filling knowledge gaps that currently limit the way that ecosystem services contribute to the alleviation of poverty. ESPA’s Impact Strategy describes how the ESPA programme will ensure that this new knowledge is used to deliver significant and sustainable development impact.
ESPA’s approach to achieving impact on people’s lives is innovative and consists of four interlinked components, all of which are delivered by working through people and partnerships, as shown in the programme’s Impact Framework (see Figure 1 below).
Figure 1: ESPA's Impact Framework.
Please visit the Making an Impact page to view ESPA's impact stories.
As a researcher, you can draw on many tools to help turn your research into impact, including:
- Impact Toolkit (ESRC): tools and guidance for creating impact
- Research Into Use (DFID): includes examples of how to successfully plan and create impact
- Research into Action (DFID)
- Pathways to Impact guidance (NERC)
- Development Assistance Committee’s Criteria for Evaluating Development Assistance (OECD): can help identify and report on ‘development impact’
- RCUK Impact Framework
- RCUK 'What do we mean by impact'
- Theory of Change
If you have any feedback on the ESPA Impact Strategy, please send it to admin [at] espa [dot] ac [dot] uk (subject: Impact%20Strategy) . This is a living document so please check back regularly for updates.