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Evidence Libraries

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

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

The IDCG has put together a  guide 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 can also be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

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.
  • 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 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.

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