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Mediating policy-relevant evidence at speed: are systematic reviews of systematic reviews a useful approach?

Caird, Jenny and Sutcliffe, Katy and Kwan, Irene and Dickson, Kelly and Thomas, James (2014) Mediating policy-relevant evidence at speed: are systematic reviews of systematic reviews a useful approach? Evidence and Policy. ISSN 1744-2648. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

When swift, accurate appraisal of evidence is required to inform policy concerning broad research questions, and budgetary constraints limit the employment of large research teams, researchers face a significant challenge which is sometimes met by reviewing existing systematic reviews. In this paper we highlight the challenges inherent in the reviews of reviews (RoR) method in order to advance understanding of this important tool for policy makers. Drawing on our experiences, we present, where possible, potential solutions to these challenges to demonstrate that RoRs, despite their limitations, can be useful for mediating policy-relevant evidence at speed.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Evidence-based policy • research methods • research synthesis • systematic reviews
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 11:08
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:11
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