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Assessing the Quality of Evidence

Fit for purpose? Assessing research quality for evidence based policy and practice
A. Boaz; D. Ashby 2003
Traditional mechanisms for assuring research quality through peer review and quality standards (in the academic sector) and research professionalism (in the government and commercial sector) have failed to deliver consistently high qu...
A toolkit for progressive policymakers in developing Countries
S. Sutcliffe; J. Court / Overseas Development Institute 2006
Over the last decade the UK government has been promoting the concept of ‘evidence-based policy’ (EBP). This toolkit aims to identify lessons and approaches from EBP in the UK, which may be valuable for developing countrie...
Quality in qualitative evaluation: a framework for assessing research evidence. A quality framework
L. Spencer; J. Ritchie; J. Lewis; L. Dillon 2003
Despite many different approaches and traditions within qualitative and evaluative research, there are widespread concerns about quality. This document presents a framework for appraising the quality of qualitative evaluat...
Broadening the range of designs and methods for impact evaluations
Department for International Development, UK 2012
Impact Evaluation (IE) aims to demonstrate that development programmes lead to development results, that the intervention as cause has an effect. Accountability for expenditure and development results is central to IE, but at the same...
Knowledge, policy and power in international development: a practical framework for improving policy
H. Jones; N. Jones; L. Shaxson; D. Walker / Overseas Development Institute 2013
Good policy is not generated simply by increasing the amount of research on a particular topic - there are complex issues to navigate to ensure that the best available knowledge is sourced, interpreted and used to further development ...
Evidence-based policymaking: What is it? How does it work? What relevance for developing countries?
S. Sutcliffe; J. Court / Overseas Development Institute 2005
Evidence-based policy (EBP). is a discourse or set of methods which informs the policy process, rather than aiming to directly affect the eventual goals of the policy. It advocates a more rational, rigorous and systematic approa...
Research Excellence Framework: Assessment framework and guidance on submissions
Research Excellence Framework 2011
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). This document sets out the general framework for assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Fr...
GRADE guidelines - best practices using the GRADE framework
Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group 2011
The 2011 Journal of Clinical Epidemiology series is a collection articles that provide a guide for systematic review and health technology assessment authors, guideline panelists and methodologists on how to apply the Grading of Recom...
Research Excellence Framework: Panel criteria and working methods
Research Excellence Framework 2012
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). This document sets out the assessment criteria and working methods of the main an...
GRADE guidelines: 3. Rating the quality of evidence
Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group 2010
This article introduces the approach of Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) to rating quality of evidence in health research. GRADE specifies four categories - high, moderate, low, and very low -t...
Methods for the development of NICE public health guidance, third edition
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK 2012
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. T...
How to note: Assessing the strength of evidence
Department for International Development, UK 2013
The “Assessing the Strength of Evidence” How to Note is published by DFID and aims to help their staff assess the strength of the evidence they are using to inform policy and programming choices. They have made the no...
Quality assurance and assessment of scholarly research: a guide for researchers, academic administrators and librarians
Research Information Network 2010
Quality assurance and assessment play many important roles in the research community. They inform crucial decisions on the funding of projects, teams and whole institutions, on how research is conducted, on recruitment and promotion, ...
The PRISMA Statement for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of studies that evaluate health care interventions: explanation and elaboration
A. Liberati; D.G. Altman; J. Tetzlaff / PLoS Medicine 2013
The PRISMA Statement consists of a 27-item checklist and a four-phase flow diagram. The checklist includes items deemed essential for transparent reporting of a systematic review. In this Explanation and Elaboration document, the auth...
An introduction to the principles for assessing the quality of evidence
British Overseas NGOs for Development 2013
All organisations strive to base decisions on the evidence of what actually works well. NGOs are no different. This brief from Bond provides a set of principles designed by NGOs, for NGOs that aim to set a common standard for the asse...
Addressing accountability in NGO advocacy
M. Hammer; C. Rooney; S. Warrem / One World Trust 2010
Global and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are the most distinct organisational form of civil society, and as such have become increasingly involved and influential in forming public opinion and policy through targeted ...
The NGO evidence principles 
British Overseas NGOs for Development 2013
Bond, the UK membership body for NGOs working in overseas development, has evolved a set of evidence principles for assessing the quality of NGO evidence, as part of its effectiveness programme. The principles are designed to ensure t...