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This series of eight briefs,
produced by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, is intended to provide
guidance on how to undertake, commission and manage evidence synthesis products
such as systematic reviews, rapid evidence assessments and evidence gap maps.
Evidence synthesis can play an important role in UNICEF’s knowledge management
and evidence translation efforts by collating knowledge from multiple studies
on what interventions work, and why and how they work. It makes research more
accessible and therefore can contribute to evidence-informed programming and
policy decisions. The primary audience for these briefs is professionals,
including UNICEF staff, who conduct, commission or interpret research and
evaluation findings in development contexts to make decisions about policy,
programming and advocacy.
This brief focuses on emerging
innovations and cutting-edge debates amongst the evidence synthesis community
of practice. Unlike the other briefs, it does not give practical guidance, but,
instead, highlights some of the new and critical thinking and tools employed by
UNICEF Innocenti and others that are likely to influence the research
commissioning or knowledge brokering process in the future.
This brief contains a glossary of terms used in evidence synthesis.
Lilli Loveday; Jenny Rivett; Prerna Banati
Sonia Livingstone; Daniel Kardefelt Winther; Petar Kanchev; Patricio Cabello; Magdalena Claro; Patrick Burton; Joanne Phyfer
Luisa Natali; Fidelia Dake
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