Researchers, policy makers and others can apply these principles in decision making process.
- Involves policy makers and is relevant and useful to them
- Considers many types and sources of evidence
- Uses a range of skills and people
- Uses the most comprehensive feasible body of evidence
- Recognizes and minimizes bias
- Is independently reviewed as part of a quality-assurance process
- Clearly describes the research question, methods, sources of evidence and quality assurance process
- Communicates complexities and areas of contention
- Acknowledges assumptions, limitations and uncertainties, including any evidence gaps
- Declares personal, political and organizational interests
- Is written in plain language
- Is available in a suitable time frame
- Is freely available online
1 Donnelly, C. A., Boyd, I., Campbell, P., Craig, C., Vallance, P., Walport , M., Whitty, C. J. M., Woods, E., & Wormald, C. (2018, June 2020).
Four principles to make evidence synthesis more useful for policy. Nature . Retrieved from: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586%20018%2005414%204.