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Evidence Synthesis in the Social Sciences

Chart Your Data

“For scoping reviews, data extraction is referred to as ‘charting the data.’ The aim is to create a descriptive summary of the results which addresses the scoping review's objectives, and ideally answers the questions of the review. A draft charting table/form should have been developed with your protocol, but it is acceptable to refine this at the review stage.” (University of South Australia Libraries

The JBI Manual also notes that, for each source included in your review, take inventory of: 

  • Author(s)
  • Year of publication
  • Origin/country of origin (where the study was published or conducted)
  • Aims/purpose
  • Study population and sample size (if applicable)
  • Methodology/methods
  • Intervention type/duration, comparater, outcome measures (if applicable)
  • Key findings that relate to the scoping review question/s

(JBI Manual, 

You can systematize this process by using a charting template like the one below. 

Charting Resources


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