3ie's synthesis and reviews programme provides a range of research synthesis products and services.
This includes training and quality assurance, production of in-house research as well as funding for new systematic reviews.
The synthesis and reviews programme is based at 3ie's UK office at London International Development Centre.
What is a systematic review?
Systematic reviews synthesise the best available research evidence on a specific question. When well conducted, systematic reviews provide a sound and reliable basis for decision making about public policy and provision of public services.
Systematic reviews use explicit and transparent procedures to identify all available research evidence relevant for a specific question. To ensure that systematic reviews are reliable and replicable they must have a clear inclusion and exclusion criteria, an explicit search strategy and systematic procedures for data extraction, critical appraisal and analysis of included studies. When appropriate, findings from individual studies should be combined using statistical meta-analysis.
3ie systematic reviews examine evidence on social or economic development interventions in low- and middle-income countries. All 3ie funded systematic reviews are carried out according to recognised international standards and are usually registered with the Campbell Collaboration who provide training and support to review authors.