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Evidence Synthesis in the Social Sciences

Form Your Team

Systematic reviews are often done in teams. Teams are recommended to avoid bias in evidence screening 

Teams can also leverage different skill sets possessed by different members – e.g. one member (usually a librarian or information scientist) might be adept at searching and search strategy, while another might be equipped to analyze and synthesize selected evidence. 

According to “Systematic Reviews, A Step-By-Step Guide” by The University of Edinburgh's CCACE, “The highest quality reviews will have input from experts in

  • the subject being reviewed
  • systematic review methodology
  • information retrieval
  • statistics
  • other aspects e.g. health economics if required” 

Benefits of Having a Librarian on Your Team

Check out the Librarian Roles in Evidence Synthesis tab in this guide for more info on including a librarian in your review process or as part of your review team. 


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