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  • AbstractThis paper is the initial Position Statement of Evidence Synthesis International, a new partnership of organizations that produce, support and use evidence synthesis around the world. The paper (i) argues for the importance of synthesis as a research exercise to clarify what is known from research evidence to inform policy, practice and personal decision making; (ii) discusses core issues for research synthesis such as the role of research evidence in decision making, the role of perspectives, participation and democracy in research and synthesis as a core component of evidence ecosystems; (iii) argues for 9 core principles for ESI on the nature and role of research synthesis; and (iv) lists the 5 main goals of ESI as a coordinating partnership for promoting and enabling the production and use of research synthesis.


  • Gough, David
  • Davies, Phil
  • Jamtvedt, Gro
  • Langlois, Etienne
  • Littell, Julia
  • Lotfi, Tamara
  • Masset, Edoardo
  • Merlin, Tracy
  • Pullin, Andrew S
  • Ritskes-Hoitinga, Merel
  • Røttingen, John-Arne
  • Sena, Emily
  • Stewart, Ruth
  • Tovey, David
  • White, Howard
  • Yost, Jennifer
  • Lund, Hans
  • Grimshaw, Jeremy

publication date

  • December 2020