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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Informing policy-making with systematic reviews and evidence gap maps

Type :
Policy briefs
Author :
Ke Yu & Isabel Magaya
Published :
2017
Document(s) :

This policy brief introduces systematic reviews and evidence gap maps as two relatively new types of synthesised evidence in South African context. It explains why these synthesis tools are particularly valuable for the policy-making processes. It offers a brief history of their development, their main characteristics and procedures, as well as the main resources where they are found. In addition, it describes current production levels and usage of these synthesis tools in South Africa, and concludes with a call for greater attention and use of these tools to improve research evidence availability in the policy-making processes.