RESEARCH AND SYNTHESIS

Shedding light on new topics and bringing effective solutions into focus

 
 
 

Our research and synthesis products and services support our clients in building knowledge and understanding new or unfamiliar areas or issues.  

We gather information from a broad range of sources to help organizations make smarter decisions. We collate relevant data from scientific literature, online searches of websites, and screen existing documents. Through interviews, we can unlock information found in the minds of experts closely involved in a topic or affected by an issue.  

Our services include:

  • Scoping reviews and landscapes

  • Needs assessments

  • Systematic mapping and reviews; Evidence Gap Maps

  • Protocol development for maps and reviews

  • Tools and training in systematic evidence syntheses

We can produce discrete outputs, like a rapid review, or collaborate with our clients on more extensive research projects to fill capacity gaps, train staff or provide technical assistance.

The findings from our research and synthesis can be distilled into a range of formats depending on needs and audiences. Products include executive summaries and brief memos, technical reports, detailed scientific articles, webinars or training manuals. 

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Evidence synthesis. We collate and assess available scientific data to help our clients make evidence-based decisions on what programs or policies are likely to be effective.

Spotlight: Synthesizing evidence on effectiveness of land use programs and policies on greenhouse emissions and food security

In collaboration with the International Impact Initiative (3ie) and Conservation International, we collated scientific evidence on the effects of forestry and land use programs in developing countries.

The project followed standard methods for systematic mapping of scientific evidence. The results are publicly available and reported in an "Land Use and Forestry Evidence Gap Map" on the 3ie website. This interactive graphic illustrates the distribution and extent of evidence available on a broad topic. This format makes it easy for policymakers and decision makers to find and assess what evidence is available on outcomes of specific interventions.

The project found few studies directly measure emissions or food security outcomes from land use programs. Overall, there is a major evidence gap on the effectiveness of these gaps.

Funding for this project was provided by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation with the findings informing their Land Use investment strategy.