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C4O4 | Capacity building in systematic review in South Asia: a South-North collaboration to expand the production and translation of synthesized evidence

Abstract text
Background:
A substantial body of evidence exists to answer many of the questions asked by policymakers and development partners in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries. However, evidence is often scattered, inaccessible and rarely presented in a form that provides an indication of the quality of evidence. Systematic reviews in all sectors have the potential to contribute to improving the evidence base from which policies and interventions can be developed and implemented. The principles that underpin the international effort to prepare and use systematic reviews of controlled trials for evaluating clinical practice, particularly in high income countries, can be similarly applied to the challenges of poverty reduction and development in LMIC.

Objectives:
To support researchers in South Asia through the provision of capacity building in systematic review techniques using training, workshops, on-line training and support, and quality assurance.

Methods:
ICDDR,B in collaboration with the Campbell Collaboration, the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit of the Medical Research Council UK (SPHSU MRC), the Campbell & Cochrane Equity Methods Group and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) using funding from the Department for International Development (UK) will develop and deliver i) a programme of systematic review training in South Asia, ii) guidelines for development partners on formulating review questions, and iii) systems of remote partnership, networking and support to regional review teams.

Results:
The courses are being developed with a first run in June 2011. This section will be updated with details of participants, their feedback and any successful assistance/review protocols in October 2011. Success of the project will be measured by the number of regional review teams who receive support and bring in funding and/or complete reviews.

Conclusions:
LMIC-based researchers will be equipped to undertake systematic reviews to help inform decision making in different sectors of development.
Authors
Koehlmoos TP1, PIgott T2, Thomson H3, Ueffing E4, McGowan J5, Gazi R6, Hossain S6, Snilstveit B7, Howard G8
1 Health & Family Planning Systems Programme, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh
2 School of Education. Loyola University Chicago, USA
3 Medical Research Council, Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, UK
4 Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Canada
5 Centre for Global Health, Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada
6 Health Systems & Infectious Diseases Division, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh
7 International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), UK
8 South Asia Research Hub, Department for International Development, India
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Date and Location
Session: 
Oral session C4O4
Date: 
Saturday 22 October 2011 - 12:25 - 12:45
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