Database Guide for Systematic Reviews in International Development and Open Access Initiatives for Low and Middle Income Country researchers
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).
Below, you can find some additional sources of useful evidence.
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.
- The Cochrane Library: The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (a leading resource for systematic reviews in health care).
- SUPPORT summaries of systematic reviews in maternal and child health
- EPPI-Centre Library of international development reviews
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 database of Impact Evaluations: This database covers impact evaluations conducted in low- and middle- income countries. It summarizes study findings and methodologies for both researchers, and program managers or policy makers, who need evidence on what works, in designing and implementing impact evaluations. The database includes studies that quantify impact using a counterfactual – implicitly or explicitly – with a focus on final welfare outcomes, using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods.This is a work in progress. The database currently features over 350 records.