In this session participants will hear from three leading international academics using systematic reviews to inform policy and practice. Together they will bring us on a journey to understand how systematic reviews came about and have been used in other fields, as well as some of the initial steps adapting these methodologies to homelessness. They will reflect on how systematic reviews should be a crucial tool to inform policy and also provide practical tips to make them more effective.
Evidence synthesis is a way of combining information from multiple studies that have investigated the same thing, to come to an overall understanding of what they found. This helps determine how effective a certain intervention is, or how people have experienced a particular condition or service. But if the results are to inform policy decisions, it is vital that the synthesis is accessible and of high quality. By ensuring methodological quality, systematic reviews reduce the risk of bias as well as improve the reliability and accuracy of conclusions.
Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán is the Head of Evidence and Data at the Centre for Homelessness Impact.
Howard White is the Chief Executive Officer of Campbell
Tim Aubry is a Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa
Professor Sarah Miller is a Professor of Education, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast.