Review of the DFID Systematic Review Programme.


This review of DFID’s Research and Evidence Division Systematic Review (SR) Programme was commissioned in early 2012. The programme was developed to produce systematic reviews on a number of questions relevant to RED, Policy Division and country offices. In total, 68 systematic reviews, were commissioned, the bulk of these during a round 1 call in early 2010 (45) and a round 2 joint call with AusAID and 3ie (DFID 15) in early 2011. Others were commissioned on an ad hoc basis.

This report describes the background to the programme, and the purpose, objectives and scope of this review. Key questions and stakeholders are listed, the review methodology is described, and the findings are presented.

The SR programme was found to be largely successful in that SRs represent a valuable addition to DFID’s evidence toolbox. A number of changes in the detail of the programme designed to strengthen the programme and enhance the quality and impact of the SRs are recommended.


Rose, P.; Battock, M. Review of the DFID Systematic Review Programme. DFID, London, UK (2012) 34 pp.

Review of the DFID Systematic Review Programme.

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