At home and abroad, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to bring together governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and research organizations. Since 2012, it has been investing in multi-stakeholder knowledge platforms for global development, which have yielded positive results, according to The Gold Standard learning review, undertaken in 2016. However, the scientific evidence base of these platforms and other knowledge brokering initiatives still needs to be strengthened. To identify ways in which the use of evidence in policy and practice can be enhanced, the Science for Using Research (SURe) programme initiated three research projects. The preliminary results of these projects are presented here.