This report highlights experience of the Impact Initiative for International Development Research on brokering evidence across large social science research programmes in international development settings. The supported projects, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) (formerly Department for International Development – DFID) Strategic Partnership, aim to provide rigorous research on issues related to poverty alleviation and education. Our learning is based on six years of work undertaken by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, engaging with over 200 research projects. The report provides reflections on this experience, along with lessons and recommended practices for all those funding and designing social science research for development and seeking to maximise its impact beyond academia. The report identifies the value of working across multiple research projects on related topics and in common geographies to bring together collective learning from the evidence.