The long-awaited call to carry out systematic reviews of evidence addressing key development questions is finally out.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in partnership with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation have launched the joint call for proposals to strengthen the international community’s capacity for evidence-based policy making.
“As the amount of new development research available is growing rapidly, consolidated but robust evidence that can be more readily applied to decision making in both developing countries and donor agencies is in high demand. Systematic reviews are an important way of ensuring that evidence can better inform policy.
Systematic reviews use explicit and rigorous methods to identify the range of research relevant to a particular question and critically appraise it. They then synthesize the research in a systematic and unbiased way presenting what can be reliably said from the evidence and go on to communicate it in a form easily used to inform policy and practice.”