Development of a STandard reporting guideline for Evidence briefs for Policy (STEP): context and study protocol Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Abstract Background Evidence briefs for policy (EBP) draw on best-available data and research evidence (e.g., systematic reviews) to help clarify policy problems, frame options for addressing them, and identify implementation considerations for policymakers in a given context. An increasing number of governments, non-governmental organizations and research groups have been developing EBP on a wide variety of topics. However, the reporting characteristics of EBP vary across organizations due to a lack of internationally accepted standard reporting guidelines. This project aims to develop a STandard reporting guideline of Evidence briefs for Policy (STEP), which will encompass a reporting checklist and a STEP statement and a user manual. Methods We will refer to and adapt the methods recommended by the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) network. The key actions include: (1) developing a protocol; (2) establishing an international multidisciplinary STEP working group (consisting of a Coordination Team and a Delphi Panel); (3) generating an initial draft of the potential items for the STEP reporting checklist through a comprehensive review of EBP-related literature and documents; (4) conducting a modified Delphi process to select and refine the reporting checklist; (5) using the STEP to evaluate published policy briefs in different countries; (6) finalizing the checklist; (7) developing the STEP statement and the user manual (8) translating the STEP into different languages; and (9) testing the reliability through real world use. Discussion Our protocol describes the development process for STEP. It will directly address what and how information should be reported in EBP and contribute to improving their quality. The decision-makers, researchers, journal editors, evaluators, and other stakeholders who support evidence-informed policymaking through the use of mechanisms like EBP will benefit from the STEP. Registration We registered the protocol on the EQUATOR network. (


  • Yu, Xuan
  • Wang, Qi
  • Moat, Kaelan
  • Mansilla, Cristián
  • Vélez, Claudia Marcela
  • Patiño-Lugo, Daniel F
  • Abraha, Yosef G
  • El-Jardali, Fadi
  • Fadlallah, Racha
  • He, Jinglin
  • Kibria, Mohammad
  • Boeira, Laura
  • Lee, Myeong Soo
  • Lavis, John
  • Chen, Yaolong

publication date

  • December 2022