The EPPI Centre’s mission is to promote and support collaborative, rigorous evidence for a fairer world, by focusing on:
Evidence synthesis methods: Developing state-of-the-art reliable evidence synthesis methods and tools,
fusing optimised inputs from people, processes and enabling technologies.
Participation: Employing meaningful and ethical approaches for people from diverse backgrounds to take part
in generating and using evidence for the public good.
Research impact: Supporting mobilisation of research knowledge so that it can be used to make a positive,
meaningful and equitable difference to people’s lives.
Capacity building: Developing skills, processes, structures and cultures conducive to research-informed policy
and policy-relevant research.
The centre was established in 1995 by Professor Ann Oakley. Her work, spanning multiple disciplines and employing a wide range of research methods, engendered the EPPI Centre’s problem-focused approach to evidence synthesis:
“What matters is the question, and then the answer. The bit in-between the question and the answer is a long and careful process requiring much thought and judgement as well as dedicated tools and approaches.”
(Oakley, A. Foreword. In: Gough D, Oliver S, Thomas J Eds. An Introduction to Systematic Reviews. 2nd ed. Sage; 2017).