The Centre for Evidence-Based Agriculture ‘synthesises’ existing agri-food evidence to support decision-making in policy, industry, practice and research.
Stakeholders interested in a particular topic, trying to answer a question, or make an informed decision often want to know: ‘What information already exists?’, ‘What works?’, ‘What is the quality of the evidence?’, ‘Where do we need further research?’
It can be difficult to use existing evidence to answer these questions, due to lack of access to research databases, and limited time and expertise to gather, collate and evaluate evidence spread over many different sources. Information that can be found easily may be biased, or unsuitable for informed decisions.
At the CEBA we use structured ‘evidence synthesis’ methods to collate and evaluate existing research and package it for use in decision-making.
The evidence synthesis methods we use follow transparent protocols that aim to reduce bias when searching for, selecting and analysing evidence. Evidence syntheses vary in their scope and methodology and are influenced by the type of question being addressed and also by the timescale available.
What the CEBA can offer
At the CEBA we aim to work with policymakers, industry, practitioners and the research community to:
Answer questions and inform evidence-based decisions using agri-food evidence syntheses such as systematic reviews, systematic maps, and rapid evidence assessments.
Provide advice and training on question setting and methodology for agri-food evidence syntheses.
Provide information/links to existing agri-food evidence syntheses.
Liaise with other centres and organisations to support evidence syntheses.