Making Systematic Reviews policy-relevant

In these videos from the Cochrane Learning Live webinar series in partnership with GESI: the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative, Professor John Lavis, Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems at McMaster University, describes the different types of policy and the different types of policy questions that systematic reviews can inform. Professor Lavis uses the newly approved Cochrane Knowledge Translation framework to illustrate the many ways in which systematic reviews can be made (more) policy relevant.

The webinar was delivered in June 2017. Below you will find edited videos from the webinar on:

  1. Types of policymakers

  2. Policymakers and evidence synthesis questions

  3. Policymakers and types of evidence syntheses

  4. Making policy decisions

  5. Cochrane Knowledge Translation Framework themes

  6. Conclusions

We have also provided the presentation slides from the webinar [PDF].

Presenter Bio

John Lavis is Professor at McMaster University, Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems, Associate Director of Cochrane Canada, and Co-Chair of the Global Steering Group for Evidence-Informed Policy Networks.  He is relied on by policymakers and stakeholders in many countries to build capacity to clarify system problems and their causes, frame policy and program options for addressing these problems, and identify implementation considerations. His research focuses on how to support the use of research evidence in policymaking, both in high-income countries like Canada and in a broad range of countries internationally.



Part 1: Types of policymakers

Part 2: Policymakers and evidence syntheses questions 

Part 3: Policymakers and types of evidence syntheses

Part 4: Making policy decisions

Part 5: Cochrane Knowledge Translation Framework themes

Part 6: Conclusions


Author information: 
Lavis, John; Watts, Chris; Lotfi, Tamara