What have we learned from the application of systematic review methodology in international development? – a thematic overview

2020-02-26 connect evidence-informed decision-making learns publication

The importance of systematic review evidence in the design and implementation of policies and interventions is increasingly recognised in the field of international development. This article presents a stocktake of the primary years of systematic reviewing in international development, providing a thematic overview of what we have learned about conducting international development reviews. Applying a structured methodology to search for and categorise all relevant literature, it establishes that systematic reviews have been well received in international development and serve as a useful tool for evidence-informed development, which has led to important discoveries in the domain.