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London Evidence Syntheses and Research Use Seminars


The EPPI Centre at UCL and The Centre for Evaluation at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) are joining efforts to revive the ‘London Systematic Reviews and Research Use Seminars’. 

The series been renamed the ‘London Evidence Syntheses and Research Use Seminars’ to reflect the wide range of types of evidence syntheses that are conducted. These seminars aim to encourage discussion and information-sharing on challenges and innovations in evidence syntheses methods and the study of evidence use.

The seminars will continue to be hosted in London but they will now be offered in a hybrid format to increase accessibility and reach. 

Seminars will take place every other month on a Wednesday between 12.30 and 13.45. They include 25-30 min presentations and plenty of time for discussion.

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Next event:


  • Date and time: Wednesday 29th March 2023 12:30 - 13:45 (BST / GMT+1)
  • Location: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH
    • Room -: Jerry Morris A & B (ground floor)
    • Get Directions (Note: This is NOT the building on Keppel Street.)
  • Title: Creating a jazz band - developing a systems-based approach for effective research use

When we consider the development of evidence-informed practice we often focus on individual actors – e.g. practitioners, policy makers – rather than the system as a whole. In this seminar we will take a wider perspective to consider the overall systems in which evidence is produced, mobilised and used. Research use emerges as a myriad of interconnected ‘moving parts’ that need to function optimally and be aligned. Weakness in any area of the system, or interactions between different actors and activities across the system, can potentially impede research use. It is as strong as its weakest link. We will explore the implications for different sectors and how to build vibrant and lasting research use systems.

Bio: Jonathan is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), seconded from UCL Social Research Institute. Jonathan works with schools and policy makers across the sector to promote evidence-informed practice, and spread knowledge of ‘what works’ in teaching and learning. He writes evidence-based guidance for schools and researches evidence use and mobilisation. Jonathan previously worked at The Institute for the Future of the Mind at the University of Oxford, where he was looking at how insights from brain-science research can support teachers’ practice and professional development.

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