Research Helpdesk Services
The research helpdesk provides rapid desk-based research on questions related to governance, social development, conflict and humanitarian topics. We provide a report that synthesizes the key issues and literature and includes expert comments from academics and practitioners. The helpdesk has more extensive literature reviews, conflict analyses, topic guides and professional development reading packs.
How the Helpdesk service operates
Use this service to support project or programme planning, produce briefings or policy papers, prepare for missions or meetings or get quickly up to speed with the latest debates on any issue. For questions that require more in-depth investigation, we can also undertake extended assignments according to your specification.
Email us via firstname.lastname@example.org to outline your question.
A researcher will contact you to confirm your query and ensure that we fully understand your needs.
The researcher will send you a report on the findings by the agreed deadline.
The Helpdesk is staffed by a team of researchers located in different parts of the world with diverse expertise. Researchers can call on our established networks of expert academics and practitioners both within our consortium and in the wider development community.
An important part of ensuring the quality of Helpdesk responses is discussing and clarifying your query before research begins. This helps us to understand your exact needs and tailor our response to match the purpose of your query.