Evaluation Scotland Wales

What goes into our reviews

Evidence type: review

Reviews of evidence are useful for readers wishing to understand the breadth of evidence, and common or key findings, on a particular topic.

For simplicity we have grouped the standard types of review into two broad categories for our Evidence Hub, as follows:

Evidence checklist More information
Literature review Lighter-touch reviews including: literature reviews (non-systematic, collating studies relevant to a particular topic, and drawing broad conclusions) and quick scoping reviews (non-systematic, quick overviews of research on a specific topic).
Systematic review More rigorous types of review, including: rapid evidence reviews (systematic, quick overviews of research on a topic, and synthesis of the evidence to answer a specific question), full systematic reviews (systematic, broader reviews of research on a topic, and synthesis of the evidence to answer the review question) and meta reviews (systematic, similar approach to other methods but only includes reviews of other reviews).