Evidence and literature reviews

Bringing together existing sources of knowledge is critical to ensuring that new policies and decisions are based on evidence, and that new research is considered when taking action.

Our researchers are skilled in using a range of approaches to identify and assess existing evidence. This varies from the most robust systematic reviews, to rapid evidence assessments or short, critical reviews, all according to defined search terms and inclusion criteria.

We also support clients to determine the feasibility of a full review, by conducting preliminary scoping exercises to summarise the evidence bases.

Literature reviews vary enormously in their scale and scope and we work flexibly with clients to meet time and budgetary considerations. The available literature is often imperfect; we understand that clients may need to make decisions on the basis of partial evidence, and can help them to judge its robustness and to identify gaps.

Contact: Jim Hillage

IES experts

Sally Wilson

Stephen Bevan

Zofia Bajorek

Sally Wilson
Senior Research Fellow

Stephen Bevan
Head of HR Research Development

Zofia Bajorek
Senior Research Fellow

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