28 April saw the launch of a new secretariat at the American University of Beirut for the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI), an international consortium established to enhance the capacity for research synthesis worldwide.
Research synthesis helps people make better decisions about public policies and public service delivery questions globally. It helps to identify, critically appraise, and synthesize different types of available evidence on a particular topic. It identifies policies and interventions that work for groups of people, under particular circumstances and contexts, and over a period of time.
In response to the identification of major gaps in synthesized evidence for priority questions related to low and middle income countries (LMICs), GESI was launched in May 2015, hosted by the Center for Systematic Reviews on Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK) at the American University of Beirut. The goal of the GESI Consortium is to increase capacity to undertake research syntheses by establishing and supporting an initial ten Centers for Research Synthesis in LMICs.
GESI is made up of leading international organizations in evidence synthesis including Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health; the Campbell Collaboration; the EPPI-Centre; 3ie; the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, housed by the World Health Organization (WHO); and the Joanna Briggs Institute.
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