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An advent to Systematic Reviews presents a quick, available and technically up to date publication overlaying the entire breadth of techniques to reports from statistical meta research to meta ethnography. The content material is split into 5 major sections overlaying: methods to reviewing; getting began; amassing and describing learn; appraising and synthesizing facts; and employing stories and versions of analysis use.

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3 Types of knowledge Types of knowledge include: •• organisational knowledge – accrued from an organisation’s collective experience of governance, regulation and other operations of services; •• practitioner knowledge – based on professional skills, experience and craft knowledge; •• user knowledge – gained from first-hand experience of, and reflection on, services; •• research knowledge – derived from systematic enquiry; •• policy community knowledge – knowledge about the organisation and implementation of services that exists in the broader policy community of ministries, civil service, think tanks and agencies.

To progress, systematic reviewers need to be aware of the many practical, methodological and political challenges involved in this work and their wider role in the production and use of research in society. indd 17 01/03/2012 10:29:10 AM An introduction to systematic reviews 18 Aims of chapter This chapter addreses the initiation stage of a review. It aims to: •• Introduce participative research and practice: where evidence-informed decisionmaking meets stakeholder involvement •• Describe the different types of knowledge and expertise that come with different perspectives to inform systematic reviews •• Describe stakeholder roles for overseeing and influencing systematic reviews •• Explore different models for this participation •• Consider the practicalities of stakeholder involvement in a review Introduction: stakeholders and evidence-informed everything There was a shift in ethical and political thinking in the field of public policy throughout the twentieth century.

Maps can thus be described as relatively descriptive or analytic (see Chapter 7). indd 38 01/03/2012 10:29:25 AM Commonality and diversity in reviews 39 The purpose of a synthesis is to integrate the findings of different studies to answer the review question. The synthesis should be a proper integration and greater than the sum of the individual studies. In some cases, however, this may not be possible (due, for example, to the heterogeneity of the studies) and the review provides more of a descriptive listing of results rather than a full integrative synthesis (see ‘thematic summaries’ in Chapter 9).

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