Small scale farming is an important route out of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. However, some types of farming harm the natural services – soil quality, pest control, and pollination - they rely on. Can farming continue to expand and still stay within the limits of the environment? In Ghana, cocoa farming has improved rural livelihoods but likely already damaged ecosystems, whereas in Ethiopia coffee plantations have not. As well as defining the ecological limits in these two systems, this project will look at the key social processes, and...
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.ac.uk (subject: Impact%20Strategy) . This is a living document so please check back regularly for updates.