Objectives: To share early learning on success factors and challenges in improving the relevance of systematic reviews (SRs) and use of its’ findings by improving stakeholder engagement (SE) throughout the SR process.
Description: The workshop has 4 different sections:
(1) “Evidence into use: mission (im)possible?” (10 min): warm-up with the group by listing elements on (a) what makes a SR likely to be used and (b) what would enhance or discourage evidence uptake;
(2) “The importance of having an engaged advisory group and stakeholder engagement and communication plan” (35 min): interactive exercise in identifying and mapping stakeholders, followed by a group discussion on how stakeholders can be involved during the SR process;
(3) “Stakeholders and the Theory of Change (ToC)” (35 min): small groups session on the added value of SE in ToC development, with workshop participants representing stakeholders with different perspectives (researchers, programme implementers, practitioners, policymakers, donors);
(4) “Take home messages” (10 min): wrap-up by the group listing key messages from this workshop.
Across the 4 sections we will add examples and elements from two recent cases of extensive stakeholder engagement (SE) during the development of a Campbell SR (1) on WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) promotional approaches and behaviour change, and on (2) on the effects of certification systems for agricultural commodity production.