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  • Director of the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre)
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

am Professor of Evidence Informed Policy and Practice and the Director of the EPPI-Centre in UCL's Social Research Institute. I previously worked at the University of Glasgow and Japan Women's University. Up to about 1998 I worked predominantly on research on child protection and abuse, but since then I spend most of my time on the study of methods for research synthesis and the study of research use.

Personal country knowledge: 
Canada: evidence informed policy and practice and knowledge mobilization.
Japan: child protection and evidence informed policy and practice.

Languages spoken: Japanese (basic)

Research Summary

I have two related areas of research. The first concerns the development of methods for the systematic review of research. In order to clarify what is know from research we need to bring together evidence from the relevant research studies. We need to use systematic methods to clarify what has been studied and how (to map the relevant research enterprise) and what is known from this research (to synthesize the evidence to provide a statement of the evidence base).  In other words, we need to use research methods to clarify what has been studied and what this tells us. The EPPI-Centre where I work produces many methodological papers and an edited textbook on systematic review methods.

I am co-chair of the network Evidence Synthesis International with Professor Jeremy Grimshaw of the Ottawa Health Research Institute.  I am also an active partner in the COVID-END international network for enabling access to research on global health outbreaks. 

My second area of research is the study of research use. This is the study of how research evidence is or could be used in practice. Just communicating research evidence to those who might be able to make use of to inform their work does not mean that it will be so used. All of this work can be understood as the examination of different parts of the evidence ecosystem in which research is produced and used.


Teaching Summary

I am the previous course leader for what has now become the MSc in Social Policy and Social Research. I design and deliver numerous short courses on systematic reviews and knowledge use in the UK and internationally.

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