London Evidence Syntheses and Research Use Seminars

The EPPI Centre and The Centre for Evaluation at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) jointly host the ‘London Evidence Syntheses and Research Use Seminars’. These seminars aim to encourage discussion and information-sharing on challenges and innovations in evidence syntheses methods. 

The free of charge hybrid seminars are hosted in London but can be attended online. They 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. Recordings of previous seminars:

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Next Seminar

  • Date and time: Wednesday September 20th, 2023, 12:30 - 13:45 (BST / GMT+1)
  • Location: LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT Get Directions
  • Room: LG9
  • Remote access: Zoom link
  • Title: Areas of Research Interest: an opportunity for synthesis to shine?
  • Speaker: Professor Kathryn Oliver, LSHTM
  • Admission: Free and accessible online and in person.
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  • Series: This seminar is part of the London Evidence Syntheses and Research Use Seminars series organised by the Centre for Evaluation at LSHTM and the EPPI-Centre at UCL.

Session details: Since 2017, government departments in the UK have been asked to publish lists of their evidence needs, called “Areas of Research Interest”. Over 1500 have now been published and are publicly available, but mostly little was done with them. In 2019, I was seconded to the civil service to work out what could usefully be done with these ARIs. Working closely with science advisors, public research funders, intermediaries, and universities, we ran knowledge mobilisation exercises and tested different approaches to improve how evidence could inform policy. In this presentation, I will discuss our experiences, lessons learned, and next steps for research. In particular, the role for synthesis, and how this might look different for different departments and problems – and how we might tackle the evidence gaps together.

Speaker: Kathryn Oliver is Professor of Evidence and Policy. Since 2019 she has been seconded to the Government Office for Science to support evidence use across government through the Areas of Research Interest. She is co-Director of Transforming Evidence with Annette Boaz, an initiative which aims to share lessons about evidence production and use, to run research into these topics, and to create opportunities to connect the diverse research, funding, practitioner and policy communities with a shared interest in this area.


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