Evidence Synthesis

The last two decades has seen a paradigm shift in scientific research with systematic review emerging as core methods for generating the best possible evidence needed in support of decisions and policies about what works and what does not work. Usually evidence is contained in a number of individual studies within an ocean of literature and there is a danger in attempting to use findings from a single study to inform policy decisions, especially if individual studies are reach conflicting conclusions. Systematic reviews pool data from all the available studies to provide an overall best (reliable) estimate. The growing application of evidence synthesis in all forms of decision making underscores the need for scientists and decision makers, particularly contemporary PhD students, to have basic knowledge in this research method.

Year 2 and 3 PhD Students