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Evidence Based Policy Making: Systematic reviews and other research synthesis methodologies

15 May 2012
12:30 - 13:30

This seminar is about seeking a balance in research between the pressures of maintaining rigour, with the importance of delivering timely and useful information to decision-makers. Dr Ruth Stewart will discuss the evidence-based approach to informing policy making, and talk specifically about systematic reviews, including what systematic reviews in development look like and how they differ from systematic reviews in health care where the approach originates. She will look at the importance of mapping literature before embarking on a systematic review (particularly when covering a new area), the practicalities of doing reviews, including common pitfalls and pragmatic ways in which reviews can be done more quickly,  in a more focused way and with implementation in mind. Dr Stewart will  also introduce the work of the  Collaboration for Environmental Evidence’s Johannesburg Centre hosted by the University of Johannesburg.

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Ruth Stewart is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Anthropological Research, University of Johannesburg, South Africa as well as a Researcher, Evidence for Policy and Practice Information Centre [EPPI-Centre], Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK. She is also the Audit Manager (Methods), National Audit Office, UK, Editor, Cochrane Collaboration Consumers and Communication Review Group and Co-Lead, Collaboration for Environmental Evidence’s Johannesburg Centre [CEE Joburg].

Dr Stewart’s work at the Universities of London and Johannesburg combine evidence-informed decision-making and participatory approaches and spans the boundaries between research, policy and practice across development, the environment, health and education. Based in London, she has collaborated with colleagues in South Africa since 1998. She has conducted systematic reviews using a range of methods, from more traditional Cochrane Collaboration approaches, to the broader EPPI-Centre approach.

Date:  Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Time: 12:15 FOR 12:30 to 13:30    

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