Rapid evidence assessments

DFID rapid evidence assessments provide rigorous and policy relevant syntheses of evidence, carried out in 3-6 months.

Rapid evidence assessments provide a more structured and rigorous search and quality assessment of the evidence than a literature review but are not as exhaustive as a systematic review. They can be used to:

  • gain an overview of the density and quality of evidence on a particular issue
  • support programming decisions by providing evidence on key topics
  • support the commissioning of further research by identifying evidence gaps


Published 28 July 2015
Last updated 6 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Financial services and SME: rapid evidence assessment added

  2. Public Procurement Reform: rapid evidence assessment added

  3. Legislative Oversight in Public Financial Management: Rapid Evidence Assessment added

  4. The effectiveness of conflict prevention interventions added

  5. Security Sector Reform and Organisational Capacity Building added

  6. 4 new assessments added

  7. First published.