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Best use of emerging tools and techniques to help deliver high quality evidence reviews (ER) more efficiently - WT1552

Description
Evidence Review (ER) is an emerging discipline in the environmental sciences. Various forms of ER exist from Literature Review, through Quick Scoping Review (QSR) and Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) to full scale Systematic Review (SR). As QSR and REA methods are starting to be more widely used there is a need and opportunity to significantly improve the efficiency of their production by using new and emerging techniques in search and synthesis. Furthermore there is an opportunity to further develop existing guidance to improve the compatibility between the different forms of ER and to improve their transparency.

This project will:
- identify and test new and emerging techniques and tools to increase efficiency of all evidence review methodologies without compromising scientific rigour
- ensure that guidance for ER methodologies is further developed in a way that maximises compatibility between methods
- assist in refining ER guidance for a progressive, hierarchical approach across all ER methodologies
Objective
(1) To identify and test new and emerging techniques and tools to increase efficiency of all evidence review (ER) methodolodies without compromising scientific rigour; (2) To ensure that guidance for ER methodologies is further developed in a way that maximises compatibility between methods; and (3) to assist in refining ER guidance for a progressive hierarchichal approach across all ER methodologies.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WT1552 Tools and Techniques for Evidence Reviews-Final Report   (6824k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2015

Cost: £44,999
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Bangor University
Keywords
Water