This week Jo, Morwenna and Alison have been in London for the first What Works Global Summit an exciting five days of workshops, presentations, meetings and networking.

Between us we attended sessions on evidence gap maps, raising media awareness, getting evidence into practice, reducing the prison populations in the US, pearl harvesting, engaging with decision makers, accountability for evidence in policy making, making systematic reviews ‘fit for purpose’ and many more.

We also sampled a wide variety of cuisines including Moroccan, Indian, Greek and Italian, great coffee and cocktails.

The diversity of attendees with interest and experience in the environment, education, child health, social welfare, policing, prisons, nursing and international development, from across the globe and involved in producing, using and brokering evidence gave rise to some fascinating and stimulating conversations.  A truly unique gathering.

We contributed a workshop on PRESSing your search strategy (more on this soon) and presentations on:

  • searching for implementation reviews,
  • using search summary tables,
  • implementation and dissemination in care homes, and
  • the challenges of conducting reviews of implementation evidence.

Our take home messages from #WWGS2016…

And the icing on the cake was Jo winning the prize for the best presentation!  Thank you to all the organisers for a wonderful few days…