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Information Retrival Guidance for Campbell Authors

IDCG authors should follow the Campbell Collaboration Information Retrieval Guide (Hammerstrøm et al., 2010) as standard practice for any Campbell Collaboration review.
The guide aims to provide general guidance to reviewers and to establish minimum standards for key information retrieval tasks.

Database Note for Systematic Reviews in International Development and Open Access Initiatives for Low and Middle Income Country researchers

To supplement this guide, the IDCG has compiled a note which aims to provide reviewers with the most important electronic databases to search when undertaking an international development related systematic review. It begins with a list of essential databases for all development reviews (including multidisciplinary databases, international development specific databases and development organisation libraries), followed by lists of subject specific databases, other useful libraries, and some useful sources of process and implementation information. The guide can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

In addition, we have compiled some of the key open access initiatives that provide free or lost cost access to research and would be useful for our systematic review authors living or working in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). The list of these initiatives is included in the document at the bottom of the page.

Below is a list of useful online resources featuring significant databases and libraries of systematic reviews and impact evaluation studies.

Systematic Review libraries and databases 

  • 3ie Database of Systematic Reviews: This database provides policymakers and practitioners with easy access to systematic reviews that examine evidence on the effects of social and economic development interventions in low- and middle-income countries. It draws together systematic reviews from a range of sources and covers all sectors. The database provides summaries of the findings and methodologies of existing systematic reviews and protocols of ongoing studies. It also offers quality appraisal of the featured systematic reviews.
  • SUPPORT summaries of systematic reviews in maternal and child health

Databases of primary impact evaluation studies

The following list of impact evaluation databases draws on the list compiled by William Savedoff and Ted Collins at the Centre for Global Development. For more information, visit their blog post on the subject here.
  • 3ie Impact Evaluation Repository: The repository is an index of all published impact evaluations of international development interventions, and includes almost 2400 impact evaluations. The database includes studies that use an experimental or quasi-experimental estimation strategy, and includes studies carried out over the span of the last three decades in more than 120 countries.

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