From the G8 to anti-globalisation protests to Al Queda, we hear that networks are the most effective organisational model. It is the latest buzzword. So, too, in the field of international development. This new research on networks, as part of ODI's new Civil Society Partnership Programme, focuses on how civil society organisations can communicate their evidence and experience into policy processes for international development. At the same time, the work also relates closely to RAPID work on bridging research and policy, where there is a need for greater understanding of how the links between various actors help to shape the various stages of the policy process.