Publication 1 Oct 2021
Report: What works for 'what works' centres?
CEI sums up the best available evidence to shed light on what works, the strength of research, and the gaps.
CEI accesses, screens, and critically appraises research to provide insights on what the best available evidence says is effective, using methods that are high-quality and transparent. CEI and our leadership have been recognised globally for the quality and impact of our evidence synthesis work. Our leaders have helped in the establishment and oversight of some of the world's leading institutions for evidence synthesis including the Campbell Collaboration.
Evidence synthesis refers to methods to identify, select, and synthesise results from multiple studies to answer a pre-defined question. This approach seeks to bring together all relevant information in an unbiased, reproducible way that can inform policymakers, funders, and practitioners.
CEI develops a variety of evidence products, tailored to meet the needs of our collaborators. These include systematic reviews and rapid evidence reviews. We develop evidence and gap maps that consolidate what is known about ‘what works’ and also reveal areas where there is strong, weak, or non-existent research on the effect of interventions or initiatives.
We synthesise the evidence for our partners and communicate our findings in a way that is actionable, such that it can be easily fed into policy development, program design, practice, and strategy and funding decisions.