K4D supports learning and the use of evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes. The programme is designed to assist DFID and other partners to be innovative and responsive, to rapidly changing and complex development challenges.
The K4D programme initially runs for five years from October 2016. The evidence of what works in the challenging and uncertain contexts in which we work is highly complex. Without this evidence, programmes would not be designed for maximum impact and could be poor value for money. K4D provides an integrated approach to linking organisational learning processes with the use of evidence from research.
K4D has two main functions: facilitation of learning journeys and a research helpdesk.
K4D is implemented by a consortium of leading knowledge institutions led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK. Partners include: