The systematic review method is gaining traction in the fields of social science and international development. The method is championed by international agencies such the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank. DFID, AusAid and 3ie have made considerable amount of funding available for trained systematic reviewers.
A systematic review (SR) synthesizes and summarizes the best available evidence on a specific research question. The SR method originated in the field of medicine and since then has where a need arose to systematically bring together the available evidence.
Since 2012, LIRNEasia has been involved in a number of systematic review projects funded by 3ie, IDRC and DFID. Details of these can be found below.
Three systematic reviews focused on Education and ICTs, MSMEs and mobile financial services were funded by IDRC. The project also focused on building capacity of researchers in Asia and Africa to conduct systematic reviews.
Contact: Gayani Hurulle
The South Asia Research Hub (SARH) of DFID funds the Systematic Review Programme for South Asia. The programme is being implemented by a consortium, which is led by PwC with the EPPI-Centre functioning as the quality assurance team and LIRNEasia functioning as the capacity building team.
Contact: Chiranthi Rajapakse
For more information on completed research projects: |Impacts of mobile phones Mobile phone interventions for improving economic and productive outcomes|
This research was funded primarily by the 31e.
Selected Events & Presentations
- Systematic reviews and challenges of taking research to policy| Zanzibar, Tanzania| 10 September 2016
- Mobile money event| Manila, Philippines | 17 June 2016
- ICT & MSMEs dissemination event | Delhi, India | 26 April 2016
- ICT4Education dissemination event | Colombo, Sri Lanka | 26 November 2015
- Leadership summit closure: challenges to make innovation work for social impact | ITU Telecom World Conference, Budapest| 12 October 2015
- ICT impacts in developing Asia: What do we know and what do we need to know | National University of Singapore | 31 August 2015
- Systematic Reviews in ICTD: Hype Vs Reality |ICT4D 2015 |Singapore, 15-18 May 2015
- Communication Policy Research South (CPRsouth) conference | Maropeng, South Africa | 10 – 12 September 2014
Papers, Reports, & Publications
- Stork, C., Kapugama, N. & Samarajiva, R. Mobile-phone interventions for improving economic and productive outcomes for farm and non-farm rural enterprises and households in low and middle-income countries
- Ilawarasan, P. V., Otieno, A., Huang, Y., Cabotaje, C., & Sahay, G. Does access to business relevant information through networked devices enhance the internal efficiency and business growth of the urban MSMEs in low and middle income countries? (Report submitted to EPPI for final review)
- Gamage, S. N. & Tanwar, T. Strategies for training or supporting teachers to integrate technology in the classroom (Report submitted to EPPI for final review)
- Alampay, E. A., Moshi, G. C., Ghosh, I., Peralta, M. & Harshanthi, J. The impact of mobile financial services in low- and lower middle-income countries (Report submitted to EPPI for final review)
- ICT has become critical factor in empowering MSMEs in the developing world: LIRNEasia | DataQuest, India, May 2016
- Digital Drag: Ranking 125 Nations on Taxes and Tariffs on ICT Goods and Services | Daily star, Bangladesh, October 2014
- Mobile network in rural areas: Coverage to increase efficiency and growth | The Express Tribune, Pakistan, November 2014
- Why US – China ICT tariff deal is important for Africa | Daily Nation, Kenya, November 2014
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