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Using systematic review and evidence gap maps to inform research directions

16 February 2016
12:30 - 14:00

Brown Bag Seminar


Yu Ke (DGSD)
Konosoang Sobane (RIA)   
sabel Magaya (RIA)                   

Date:      16 February 2016         
Time:     12:30 – 14:00
Venue:     HSRC Video Conference Rooms (VCRs) in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban      

This brown bag session introduces and discusses the potential of using systematic reviews and evidence gap maps to inform research directions.
Systematic review was introduced in medical research in the 80s as a tool that  synthesises research findings.  In recent decades, it has also been actively pursued in developmental studies, including social policy and environmental research. Evidence gap maps were introduced in 2010 for a better visual overview of existing evidence. Both have so far been used primarily to inform policy direction (etc, on whether a policy intervention is effective/cost effective or not). Both, however, also have the potential to guide research directions, giving researchers evidence-based information on current knowledge gaps.
This brown bag session gives an overview of these two instruments and discusses their potential  for researchers.

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

Kindly RSVP by 15 February 2016

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