Investing in Research to Accelerate Development Solutions
POSTED April 4, 2022|
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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Research Division in the Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub (ITR/R) partners with higher education institutions, USAID Bureaus and Missions, and the international development community to create research, innovations, and solutions that can benefit and transform society. The Research Division makes USAID-supported research results publicly available; guides Agency policies and processes related to research and development; and works with other federal agencies and external partners to support researchers, scientists, and engineers working on critical development challenges.
As part of its support to the Research Division, the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) developed a fact sheet and report to showcase the importance of investing in research to accelerate development solutions. RTAC facilitated interviews with senior ITR/R staff to determine the audience and purpose of both products to be used to amplify ITR/R’s work and results. In consultation with the Research Division, RTAC then designed and produced the fact sheet which serves as an entry point to ITR/R’s work for high level stakeholders. This fact sheet provides an overview of ITR/R’s role within the Agency and a summary of the large portfolio of ITR/R programs that advance the use of research, demonstrating that investments made in implementation research can yield impactful results. The ITR/R report goes into more depth about the work and accomplishments of the division and targets high-level stakeholders within and beyond USAID.