Research Support

Research Support

Communications and Knowledge Management


The work of ILRI and its staff collectively results in a wide range of outputs that are ‘published’ in a number of formats or channels. These include, but are not limited to: articles, books, reports, chapters, brochures, flyers, press items, CDs and DVDs, web sites, posters, conference papers and presentations, images, audio files, videos and films, maps, software, datasets and databases.

Download our institutional strategy on research publishing.

In this strategy, we explain how we will publish ‘international public goods’ whose benefits can be accessed and taken up  internationally. The goods need to ‘travel’.

We want these ILRI goods to be accessible, directly or indirectly, by a wide range of stakeholders and clients, with as few technical or financial limitations as possible.

In December 2010, ILRI Management adopted an open 'creative commons' license to be used for ILRI-generated research outputs.

To ensure maximum uptake, we aim to work with a range of specialized ‘relay’ partners who ensure the wider translation and application of our corporate and research messages.

Communication in programs

To achieve its strategic objectives of developing, testing, adapting and promoting science-based practices, providing compelling scientific evidence to decision makers and developing capacities, ILRI invests in communications and knowledge management.

This work is led at the corporate level by the communications and knowledge management unit. Communications specialists are also embedded across different projects and programs ensuring that actions are close to activities.

Knowledge sharing

ILRI is a knowledge-based organization. We aim to organize and share data, information and knowledge to support research, inform partners and stakeholders, and provide the evidence base for decision-making. We design systems and services to capture, organize, share and disseminate the data and information we produce, making it available, accessible and, as far as possible, applicable. We also promote and encourage more effective forms of knowledge sharing and exchange, within the institute and across the projects and partnerships we engage in. The organizational units leading this work are Communications and Knowledge Management and the Research Methods Group. See our research outputSee our data portal

Websites and apps

Our digital ecosystem team works with departmetns and projects to translate their objectives into effective digital strategies. We deliver targeted websites and apps as wrapped around tailored content plan. See our portfolio here.

Intellectual property and legal unit

The Intellectual Property and Legal Unit provides institutional and research support in intellectual property, legal management and contracts management, including management of all institutional legal, compliance and host country issues for all ILRI country and regional offices where ILRI operates. It also supports the secretary of the ILRI Board of Trustees.

Data and Research Methods

The ILRI Research Methods Group provides CGIAR Research Program and project level support covering all aspects of research methods (design of surveys, experiments and research activities related to impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation, research computing – systems and data management, statistical and geographical information systems analysis).

This support is available to ILRI staff, students and our research partners globally. The group is also responsible for, and committed to, providing institutional level support, advice and monitoring of research quality systems and open access of data.

Visit ILRI data resources at to access our data (including spatial), tools, software and code.