This call is an invitation to submit an Expression of Interest to join the GESI Network of Centers for Evidence Synthesis.
Evidence synthesis is a research method that systematically and transparently identifies and combines all the available and relevant evidence on a specific topic or question, and draws out conclusions that are either generalizable or context specific. It provides the best available research evidence to inform practice and policy decisions, and thereby achieve better outcomes for citizens and their environment.
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) tend to have lower levels of production and use of evidence syntheses to inform practice and policy decisions, compared to high-income countries, despite many efforts in the past decade. A major reason for this imbalance is the limited capacity to undertake evidence syntheses and support their use in LMICs. Moreover, there is limited funding addressing LMICs to conduct and/or use evidence synthesis. The Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI) was launched to enhance such capacity.
GESI was founded by a number of global or internationally oriented research organizations committed to the production and use of evidence syntheses to enhance professional practice and public policy. The founding organizations include the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, the Campbell Collaboration, Cochrane (previously the Cochrane Collaboration), the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE), the EPPI-Centre, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and the Joanna Briggs Institute.
A Secretariat has been established to support and manage GESI functions, and is hosted by the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. The Secretariat reports to the GESI governance group that represents GESI’s founding organizations. An advisory group was also established to act as an additional source of support for the secretariat and the governance group. More details about GESI are available here: http://www.gesiinitiative.com.
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