Methods & Tools
Methods and tools

Developing research methods is central to the EPPI-Centre’s work. The following areas of the website provide resources for people interested in the mechanics of systematic research synthesis:


Our book on systematic reviewing provides a description of the methods used at each stage of a systematic review. Click through to order 'Gough D, Oliver S, Thomas J (2012) An Introduction to Systematic Reviews', by Sage.


We also recommend our guide 'Learning from research: Systematic reviews for informing policy decisions', published by the Alliance for Useful Evidence, which describes the logic of a systematic review, mixed methods reviews, the main stages of undertaking a review, and some of the key issues to consider during the process.


The tools page provides information and links to various data coding and management tools and guidelines.


The EPPI-Centre provides and is involved in supporting a number of databases containing primary research studies and evidence reviews, many of which have been used in EPPI-Centre systematic reviews.

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