Improving systematic review evidence use through better stakeholder engagement


Workshop session 6: Thursday, 16:00-17:30

Workshop category: 

  • Building capacity for dissemination and implementation


Date and Location


Thursday 14 September 2017 - 16:00 to 17:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Emmy De Buck
Karin Hannes
Carlos Oya
Beryl Leach


Young T1
1 Centre for Evidence-Based Healthcare, South Africa
Target audience

Target audience: 

systematic reviewers, who would like to improve uptake and use of their findings by decision makers; programme managers, decision makers and implementers who want more relevant and useful evidence; donors who want reviews that are used

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



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.