The amount of work required for a research synthesis depends on the policy question. Whenever possible, research syntheses should build on existing systematic reviews and they should use pragmatic methods to produce reports that will help policy makers to make well-informed decisions.
The EVIPNet research syntheses will build on systematic reviews and will include additional information to support decision-making in a specific context. This will include contextualisation of
- the research evidence
- incorporation of context-specific evidence
- consideration of impacts on equity
- scaling up activities
- monitoring and evaluation
The syntheses will focus on priority policy decisions about :
- how to improve health systems and achieve national health goals in the participating countries
- what services and programmes to offer or cover
- how to deliver those services; financial arrangements; governance arrangements;
- how to bring about change.
The EVIPNet country teams are at different stages in their development, with differences in capacity and funding. Ideally and depending on available resources, each EVIPNet country team will produce at least one research synthesis per year.