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…
- Passive dissemination is dead
- Consider knowledge translation from the outset
- Evidence Synthesis International is the new umbrella organisation for evidence synthesis organisations – watch this space!
- There are some really cool developments in evidence gap maps
- The best way to improve readability of plain language summaries may not be to use a readability calculator
- The ceilings in the BMA are quite spectacular
- Taking time to talk to your research consumers will help you to understand the findings better
- We need to move away from thinking ‘Is this research valid?’ to ‘What is this research valid for’
- There is a public hunger for understanding the nature of knowledge produced through science… make the most of that hunger!
- Evidence maps are the new scoping reviews
- ‘Kicking doors in and arresting drug dealers is easier than implementing organisational change’
- Information specialists have a really important role in evidence synthesis
- Rayyan does text mining and it’s free
- Reviews of implementation evidence are really, really hard
- There are exciting times ahead for the Campbell Collaboration
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…