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Evidence syntheses

Staff at the CEBA carry out evidence syntheses for stakeholders to underpin decision-making. Examples of current and past syntheses are on our projects page. The type of methodology used to collate and evaluate existing research depends on the question and timescale available. However, all the methods used to synthesise evidence are transparent and aim to reduce bias when searching for and analysing evidence. 

If you would like us to synthesise evidence for a particular topic or question to support your decision-making please contact us.


At the Centre for Evidence-Based Agriculture we can tailor training courses for all aspects of food and agriculture-related evidence syntheses such as systematic review, systematic mapping and rapid evidence assessments, at a level to suit your requirements. With the  EPPI Centre (University of London) we have previously delivered systematic review training for the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) over a three year period, delivering a total of nine EFSA training courses in systematic reviews and systematic review protocol design for food and feed safety risk assessments. We are currently delivering training and placements under CEETOP a NERC funded training initative. If you are interested in training tailored to your own requirements please contact us do discuss this further.

CEETOP Evidence synthesis short course and placements

The Collaboration for Environmental Training Opportunities (CEETOP) is a NERC funded training initiative consisting of two elements, a modular training programme and a placement. Both are flexible and can be attended independently of each other. The training is led by evidence synthesis specialists with experience of producing information for stakeholders including policy makers and business.

Short courses

20-24th November 2017 Harper Adams University, Shropshire & 19th-23rd March 2018   Exeter University, Devon

 A 5-day short course consisting of 4 consecutive modules: An introduction to evidence syntheses; Protocol development; Making sense of data; Engaging with policy and industry end-users

Participants can attend the full 5 day course to be held over one week (recommended), or select from the modular elements within it. For more information please click here.  

CEETOP Placements

NERC funded placements are available by individual arrangement between 2nd October 2017 and 31st March 2018 and may last from one week to one month at either Harper Adams University or Exeter University. For enquiries, please contact Nicola Randall nrandall@harper-adams.ac.uk in the first instance

Participants can receive bespoke support for an evidence synthesis on which they are working. Placements will be offered at Harper Adams or Exeter. Participant working on, or about to commence, their own synthesis can spend from a week and up to one month in the host institution. Onsite training and support through specialists will be provided (eg in specific stages of a review such as literature searching and reference management, meta-analysis, narrative synthesis, qualitative evidence synthesis in a specific type of review, or in a specific field). Participants will focus on a specific area of their own review, but gain advice and input from experienced staff at the centre. Accommodation and subsistence for the participant is covered for the period of the placement. For more information please click here.



We provide a tailored support service for review teams setting up or carrying out evidence syntheses/collations. Advice is available for all aspects of methodology and a range of different evidence syntheses/collations, including systematic review, systematic mapping and quick scoping reviews. We also provide guidance for teams needing to summarise review outputs for policy makers and practitioners, for example through policy briefs. Review teams will benefit most from feedback and advice if they contact us prior to the draft protocol being written. Costs are dependent on the needs of the team and level of support required in hours/days.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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