Evidence Reviews represent ways of searching for, reviewing and summarising evidence to help answer specific questions. There exists a spectrum of Evidence Reviews that range in detail and rigour from Literature Reviews to Systematic Reviews.
This document contains a brief overview of the different types of Evidence Review but is written primarily for those intending to commission and/or produce an Evidence Review in the form of Quick Scoping Reviews or Rapid Evidence Assessments, that lie between literature reviews and Systematic Reviews in terms of rigour of assessment. These have been found to be well suited to meet the evidence challenges most frequently faced in meeting policy and practice evidence requirements.
The document provides a step-by-step approach to conducting Quick Scoping Reviews and Rapid Evidence Assessments, emphasising the value of close working with the end-user who has commissioned the review, in order to meet research needs and so that findings are presented clearly and in context.