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DFID research: Improving the public’s access to DFID research

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

DFID’s commitment to making all research it commissions on international development freely available, takes another step forward today.

DFID’s commitment to making all of the research that it commissions on international development freely available, takes another step forward today. For the first time, research that has been communicated through the Research for Development (R4D) website will be fully integrated into DFID’s website, enabling you to access a wealth of research information in just a few clicks.

The new research section of the DFID website introduces a range of features, including the latest research news, case studies and more than 30,000 project and document records. The new website provides easy-to-follow links between DFID’s policy, programming, and research activities on each priority issue. Improving the availability of this body of evidence - the results of over 20 years’ research - supports the organisation’s drive to make policy more evidence-based.

The improvements are part of a move towards opening up access to its own and others’ research, which will culminate in a new Open Access Strategy for DFID to be launched in the New Year. For regular R4D users, all of the services you’ve set up to keep in touch with DFID research (e.g. RSS feeds, e-alerts, subscription to the e-newsletter, bookmarks) will continue to work in exactly the same way. In addition, DFID social media feeds for those interested in research are now more prominent, making sharing content around the web easier than ever before.

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