Despite a wealth of research available in the developmental sector, accessing high quality evidence and making it readily available to policymakers and practitioners can still remain challenging. To this aim, the RFKM Unit is developing a range of Evidence Synthesis Tools, including Evidence Gap Maps, Evidence Digests, Systematic Reviews and other research knowledge management products. The objective is to deliver synthetized, up-to-date and actionable evidence for potential users to better enable evidence informed decision-making.
Project Team: Kerry Albright, Shivit Bakrania, Emanuela Bianchera, Alessandra Ipince
Using a matrix of intervention types and outcome areas, an EGM maps empirical evidence to show where it is strong and where the gaps lie. This EGM includes evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews, obtained from a systematic search and rigorous screening process. Individual cells display information on the amount and quality of evaluative evidence by intervention and outcome. They provide a visual representation of where evidence for programming and policy is strong and where a research topic could benefit from new primary research or further synthesis.
This EGM has four outcome domains of particular importance to adolescent well-being:
UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti has partnered with the Campbell Collaboration, to produce an interactive and visual overview of the “state of evidence synthesis” of the effectiveness of child welfare/wellbeing interventions in LMIC’s. This MegaMap summarizes evidence from 302 systematic reviews of relevance and 16 other evidence and gap maps and has been mapped against the 5 high-level Goals of UNICEF Strategic Plan (2018-2021)
To maximize ongoing relevance and utility for decision-making, it will also be a ‘living map’, updated annually over the lifetime of UNICEF’s new Strategic Plan.
The Research Digest on Adolescence is a quarterly publication reviewing the latest global evidence, resources and events on adolescent wellbeing. Its aim is to promote awareness and uptake of new research on adolescent wellbeing amongst UNICEF staff, practitioners, policymakers and academics in the development and humanitarian sectors. We scan content based on criteria of potential for scalability, innovation, and policy relevance, trying to feature research that promotes effective interventions in improving adolescent outcomes. This project is run by the RFKM Unit in collaboration with Social Development Direct (SDD) and a research review team composed of research and program staff from UNICEF Innocenti, regional and country offices.