Evidence Aid: Using Systematic Reviews to Improve Access to Evidence for Humanitarian Emergencies

Mike Clarke 1*

1Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast
*Corresponding Author (m.clarke@qub.ac.uk)

Vol 2, Issue 4 (2017)

Published: 27 Oct 2017

DOI: 10.18849/VE.V2I4.156

Evidence Aid is an international initiative to improve access to reliable evidence that will help people and organisations make well-informed decisions about interventions, actions and strategies in the disaster setting. It focuses on systematic reviews as the most reliable source of research evidence, maximising the power of existing research, avoiding undue emphasis on single studies and reducing the waste associated with research that is ignored or not accessible to decision makers. Evidence Aid is knowledge champion for influencers of the humanitarian sector, including funders, policy makers, NGOs, and humanitarian professionals. Evidence Aid was established by members of the Cochrane Collaboration after the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. It provides access to information relevant to disaster risk reduction, planning, response, recovery, resilience and rehabilitation. This presentation will discuss the need for Evidence Aid, and describes its activities.

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