The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre
The mission of the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating (EPPI) Centre is to collate the results of public policy research in a format that policy-makers, practitioners, academics and other research-users can use to make sensible decisions based on sound evidence of effectiveness. We specialise in systematic research synthesis, a method that attempts to identify research reports on a given topic and to examine them in explicit and standard ways so as to produce accessible, reliable and useful syntheses of research findings. The EPPI-Centre is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, London.
Most reviews of research evidence take the form of traditional literature reviews, which usually examine the results of only a small part of the research evidence, and take the claims of report authors at face value. The key features of a systematic review are that:
- explicit and transparent methods are used
- it is a piece of research following a standard set of stages
- it is accountable, replicable and updateable
- there is a requirement of user involvement to ensure reports are relevant and useful