The Evidence-Based Research Network aims to promote:
- No new research studies without prior systematic review of existing evidence
- Efficient production, updating, and accessibility of systematic reviews
To undertake research without systematically considering what has been done before is unethical, unscientific, and wasteful. The questions and methods of new studies should be informed by systematic reviews. Results from new studies should be placed in context by explicit consideration of prior evidence, ideally by incorporating the new results in a systematic review. To raise awareness of this, we define “Evidence-Based Research” (EBR) as the use of prior research in a systematic and transparent way to inform a new study so that it is answering questions that matter in a valid, efficient and accessible manner.
A world in which the cultural norm and expectation is that decisions about research are based on transparent and systematic use of evidence.
Transparent and systematic use of evidence to inform decisions about research
Goal 1 – to make evidence-based research a fundamental part of the research culture in all scientific disciplines
Goal 2 – to identify and advocate for changes in the organizational structures and processes of the research environment* to facilitate evidence-based research
Goal 3 – to identify and conduct research projects to inform the methodology and implementation of evidence-based research
Goal 4- to develop and disseminate scientific products about evidence-based research
*Research environment includes all organizations that contribute to research including funding agencies, academic institutions, for-profit and non-profit organizations, publishers, and ethics committees.
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