At KFF, we pride ourselves on trying to evaluate and assess our methodologies and approach as scientifically as possible. Bridging the gap between the development sector and the academic world is key as both are intrinsically linked but often fail to communicate in a language that the other can understand.
Science can often be illegible for anyone without an in-depth knowledge of the field in question, making it impossible for practitioners to apply the latest findings. Equally, scientists often lack true field based conditions on which to draw conclusions that could eventually be beneficial to the wider community.
In the development sector, it is common practice to take simplified findings made on one continent and simply apply them to another (cash crop cultivation methodologies from South America being applied in Africa, for example). Finally, the development sector which is often driven by indicators, goals, outputs and outcomes, can sometimes fail to assess their work objectively or in a statistically sound manner to provide true and accurate feedback on the implemented project.
We hope to be able to offer a platform that provides a link between these two sectors, where researchers and practitioners alike can work alongside each other, benefitting from each other’s differing approach and hopefully strengthening the desired impact that boths worlds aim for.
So if you have a research question that you think can be answered though KFF, be it botanical, environmental, ecological, socio-political, please get in touch and we would be happy to see how we can make it work. Our extensive academic network also means we may be able to link you with other researchers that could help you with your project.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Kyaninga Forest Foundation