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Knowledge systems and RAPID framework for impact assessments


This report contributes towards the focus on the social
and policy dimensions of impact. The report has
two major parts. First, a new framework for impact
assessments is presented. The framework integrates
two distinct literatures that link research with policy
outcomes. Knowledge systems (Cash et al. 2003) and
the research and policy for development (RAPID)
literatures (Overseas Development Institute 2004) are
proposed as tools to analyse how knowledge flows
among different actors in development contexts.
This framework adds to ACIAR’s impact assessment
methodologies and can be used in parallel, or
combination with, the common approach developed by
Davis et al. (2008).

In the second part the framework is applied to an
ACIAR-funded aflatoxin-reducing project in Indonesia