Consider publishing your protocol in a journal such as Systematic reviews or registering it with the PROSPERO database.
The EPPI-Centre has an online database of systematic reviews which can be searched here.
Thomas et al (2012) argue that there is a spectrum of synthesis methods, from more aggregative (trying to bring together a set of experimental findings on one or more outcomes) to configurative (trying to bring together diverse evidence to provide an overall picture of what the literature looks like in a particular area; more akin to assembling a jigsaw puzzle): Use of content analysis to conduct knowledge-building and theory-generating qualitative systematic reviews A systematic review and content analysis of bullying and cyber-bullying measurement strategies Public acceptability of government intervention to change health-related behaviours: a systematic review and narrative synthesis Electronic consultations (e-consults) to improve access to specialty care: A systematic review and narrative synthesis Mass deworming for soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis among pregnant women: a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis What Happens to Patterns of Food Consumption when Food Prices Change?
Evidence from A Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis of Food Price Elasticities Globally Methods for the thematic synthesis of qualitative research in systematic reviews Qualitative synthesis: A guide to conducting a meta-ethnography Conducting a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature on access to healthcare by vulnerable groups Storylines of research in diffusion of innovation: a meta-narrative approach to systematic review There have been recent calls to ensure that systematic reviews become more responsive to policy and public needs through greater inclusion and transparency.
It will help anybody planning on commissioning a review of what research is already out there.
For the coders, the SR Toolbox is a hub that brings together code and tools used by software developers with a specific interest in systematic reviews.
There’s more on text mining and machine learning on the EPPI-Centre website too. These seminars aim to encourage discussion and information-sharing for those in the London area (though visitors welcome too) on methods issues in systematic reviews and the study of evidence use.
Presentations will last for about 25-30 minutes to allow time for discussion.
There are many types of outputs that use evidence synthesis, such as policy briefs, systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines and so on.
Synthesis methods can include bringing together published and grey literature and stakeholder input.