Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre)
Founding Director Professor Ann Oakley
Director Professor David Gough
The EPPI-Centre is part of the Social Science Research Unit. We develop methods for bringing together research evidence in a systematic way in order to inform important questions in policy, practice and research.
Our work includes: methods development, carrying out systematic reviews, supporting others to do systematic reviews, and providing teaching about systematic research synthesis.
Systematic reviews use research methods to review the research evidence in ways that uncover and minimise bias. More traditional literature reviews tend to consider smaller and possibly biased samples of the relevant literature, often without appraising its quality.
The EPPI-Centre's first reviews were conducted in the area of health promotion. Review activity now also addresses education, social care, employment and other areas of applied social science. We also support other groups by providing reviewing tools and dedicated ongoing support and quality assurance.
The EPPI-Centre's methodology work is reflected in its status as the Methods for Research Synthesis Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. The EPPI-Centre is proud to be a formal partner of the Campbell Collaboration and to have co-directed the Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health Field since 1996.