Evidence Synthesis International (ESI): Position Statement
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Original versionGough, Davies, Jamtvedt, Langlois, Littell, Lotfi, Masset, Merlin, Pullin, Ritskes-Hoitinga, Røttingen, Sena, Stewart, Tovey, White, Yost, Lund, Grimshaw. Evidence Synthesis International (ESI): Position Statement. Systematic Reviews. 2020;9(1):1-9 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01415-5
This paper is the initial Position Statement of Evidence Synthesis International, a new partnership of organizations that produce, support and use evidence synthesis around the world. The paper (i) argues for the importance of synthesis as a research exercise to clarify what is known from research evidence to inform policy, practice and personal decision making; (ii) discusses core issues for research synthesis such as the role of research evidence in decision making, the role of perspectives, participation and democracy in research and synthesis as a core component of evidence ecosystems; (iii) argues for 9 core principles for ESI on the nature and role of research synthesis; and (iv) lists the 5 main goals of ESI as a coordinating partnership for promoting and enabling the production and use of research synthesis.