It has been over five years since we started work on systematic reviews. I am in the middle of editing a special issue of a journal that will address the issue of how we take research to policy. As I say in the slides below, it seems unfair to ask of social science systematic reviews everything that is delivered by SRs in the healthcare space.
In healthcare, the institutional arrangements are well established. One human body being more or less similar to another, the causal mechanisms discovered through SRs work well pretty much all of the time. This is not so in the case of social systems. Most importantly, there is no demand for robust evidence.
The slide sets can be found below;
Rohan Samarajiva: Systematic Reviews on ICT impacts: Have we made a difference?
Sujata Gamage: An introduction to systematic review methods and ICTs in the classroom
Goodiel Moshi: The impact of mobile financial services
Vigneswara Ilavarasan: Systematic Review of ICTs and MSMEs
Pictures of the event can be found here.