The following are examples of projects within the CEE Network:
A team of scientists led by Alison Greggor from San Diego Zoo in the USA are conducting a series of evidence syntheses on the use of animal behaviour research in conservation management. The protocols are soon to be published in Environmental Evidence
This project led by the Julius Kühn-Institut in Germany provides free access to the CADIMA online tool with software that supports evidence synthesis by providing systems to prepare and conduct a synthesis. More information can be found here
CEE is working with the Green Climate Fund who are running this project and conducting a series of systematic reviews and evidence maps.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Find out more here.
CEE has conducted several training events for the GCF Review Teams and will provide further methodological support for each synthesis if required.
The ESI mission is to connect and support both the organizations and people that produce evidence syntheses around the world. Their scope is broad, from human health to conservation, and education to veterinary medicine and they function as the global hub where evidence synthesis organization meet to build capacity, and share resources.
ESI as a networking hub brings the diverse global community of evidence synthesis experts together where they can exchange knowledge, and advocate for the use of rigorous evidence synthesis methods as the foundation for evidence informed policy.
CEE contributes to the governance of ESI and you can found out more about activities here.
The Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI) was launched to enhance the capacity of Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) in synthesizing evidence, and using synthesized evidence to support practice and policy across disciplines including, but not limited to, Agriculture, Economics, Education, Environment, and Health. GESI will achieve these aims through supporting Evidence Synthesis Centers based in LMICs.
GESI founding organizations include Cochrane (previously the Cochrane Collaboration), the Campbell Collaboration, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the EPPI-Centre, the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE), the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).
CEE contributes to the Governing Board and has recently presented workshops and webinars on evidence synthesis methodology. See here for more information on GESI.
Funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), CEE is supporting an evidence synthesis element to this programme that will identify evidence gaps through systematic evidence mapping. At a time when political focus is overwhelmingly on short-term requirements, this programme will define, prioritise and address the medium- to long-term knowledge gaps in the environmental science evidence base. It will identify where NERC investments, the wider environmental research landscape and interdisciplinary knowledge can help address these challenges to inform decisions and pioneer innovative policies and solutions. It will take a holistic, systemic and outcome-driven approach.
See here for more information on EEF.
The Evidence Synthesis Hackathon is a series of highly interactive workshops run across the globe with the aim of bringing together the best minds in systematic review methodology and programming to brainstorm and code new technologies and tools to support evidence synthesis. The ESH was established at the Stockholm Environment Institute in 2018 bringing together 29 coders and synthesists, and the third event will take place in Canberra in April 2019 with around 50 participants. The ESH is guided by principles of Open Synthesis (Open Science in evidence synthesis), producing Open Source tools that aim to make systematic reviewing more transparent, efficient, repeatable, rigorous and accessible. The ESH isn’t just for programmers – our discussion theme aims to tackle the biggest questions and challenges facing evidence synthesis in the future, paving the way for methods development to support our main goals. ESH events take the form of general workshops where participants choose their own problems or methods to work on, but can also be designed to tackle specific challenges or develop particular tools.