Systematic Reviews: Why are they the most preferred in evidence uptake for policy-making?
3 January 2017

Carrying out a systematic review is a highly technical undertaking and also tends to be time-consuming. However, the rigour required to produce a good review ensures that the evidence it contains is of better value than that presented through other common tools such as policy briefs and single studies.

We speak with Dr. Laurenz Langer, an Evidence Uptake Specialist at the Africa Centre for Evidence-based at the University of Johannesburg to further understand why systematic reviews are so highly regarded when it comes to evidence uptake for policymaking.

We also speak with Dr Ferdinand Okwaro, Senior Knowledge Scientist, and Ms Violet Murunga, Senior Knowledge Translation Officer, both from AFIDEP, to offer their views of this tool based on a training they attended in November 2016 offered by the Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University and the Africa Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg.

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