EPPI-Centre | United Kingdom
Develop methods for the systematic review and synthesis of research evidence and the study of the use research
Partner team overview
The EPPI-Centre works to develop methods for the systematic review and synthesis of research evidence and the study of the use research. Based in the Social Science Research Unit of the UCL Social Research Institute at University College London, the center is committed to informing policy and professional practice with sound evidence.
Some of the ways the EPPI-Centre does this include:
- Developing methods for systematic reviews and research syntheses, conducting reviews, supporting others to undertake reviews, and providing guidance and training in this area.
- Studying the use/non-use of research evidence in personal, practice and policy decision-making, supporting those who wish to find and use research to help solve problems, and providing guidance and training in this area.
EPPI-Centre’s work in research synthesis and use is applied in many areas of social policy, including education, health, social care, developing economies, sports, crime, and the environment.
As a member of the PEERSS Synergy Support Team (SST), the EPPI Centre provides partner teams with support to strengthen their capacities in the evidence-informed policymaking space. Some examples of the type of support provided include helping develop a learning strategy that looks at the immediate, medium, and long-term learning interests and needs of the partnership, and helping teams explore different ways of embedding evidence use within their specific contexts.
Since joining PEERSS in 2018, the EPPI Centre has contributed to the evidence-informed policymaking field by:
Guiding PEERSS partners in identifying evidence addressing social policy in the areas of crime and justice, humanitarian aid, and agriculture and engineering for improving children’s nutrition.
Mentoring PEERSS partners in strengthening systems to support evidence-informed decision-making.
Developing methods for tracking and characterizing the use of systematic reviews by government and NGOs.
Systematically reviewing different methods for engaging stakeholders with evidence, and translating this work into practical tools.
Partnering with the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support evidence-informed decision-making related to COVID-19.
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Publications, policy briefs and other resources from the EPPI-Centre
Publications and outputs from the EPPI-Centre
» Clarifying differences between reviews within evidence ecosystems
Gough D, Thomas J, Oliver S (2019) Systematic Reviews. 8:170, DOI:10.1186/s13643-019- 1089-2.
» Effective and efficient committee work: A Systematic overview of multidisciplinary literatures
Oliver S, Hollingworth K, Briner B, Swann C, Hinds K, Roche C. (2018) Evidence Base, 2018 (2), 1-21, DOI: 10.21307/eb-2018-002.
» Approaches to evidence synthesis in international development: a research agenda
Oliver S, Gough D, Copestake J, Thomas J (2018) Journal of Development Effectiveness, 10:3, 305-326, DOI: 10.1080/19439342.2018.1478875
» Producing policy relevant systematic reviews: navigating the policy-research interface
Oliver S, Bangpan M, Dickson K. (2018) Evidence and Policy. 14 (2), 197-220, DOI:10.1332/174426417X14987303892442
» Policy-relevant systematic reviews to strengthen health systems: models and mechanisms to support their production
Oliver S, Dickson K (2016) Evidence and Policy. 12 (2) 235-259, DOI:10.1332/174426415X14399963605641
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