Evidence review methods guide

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing conducts systematic and other forms of evidence reviews specifically to inform decision-making, with the aim of helping government, communities, business and people make better decisions to improve wellbeing.

Guide to the Centre’s evidence review methods UPDATED March 2017

The centre will take a variety of different approaches to reviewing evidence on wellbeing, depending on the nature and quality of evidence available. Usually, our work will entail systematic evidence reviews. A systematic review is a high-level overview of primary research on a particular research question that tries to identify, select, synthesize and appraise all high quality research evidence relevant to that question in order to answer it.

Important features of systematic reviews are that they:

  • Collate all evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to address a specific research question
  • Minimise bias by using explicit, systematic methods

All of the centre’s systematic review protocols will be prospectively submitted to Prospero to register the details of the review.

The Centre’s Evidence Review Methods Guide sets out how we are doing our evidence reviews.