Evidence synthesis refers to the process of bringing together information from a range of sources and disciplines to inform debates and decisions on specific issues. We use evidence synthesis to establish what works in interventions to protect the public’s health, and for estimating the size of health need in a geographical area or population. There are different methodologies or ways of doing this: we conduct systematic reviews and network meta-analyses (NMAs) and use Multiple Parameter Evidence Synthesis to support public health surveillance and evaluation of health care programmes. We also provide expertise on methods to evaluate interventions using observational data.

Research examples

Evaluating detection of SARS-CoV-2: AntiBodies at Home (EDSAB) study 

Intervention to enhance testing, linkage to treatment, and treatment outcomes for hepatitis C infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Nowcasting and forecasting of the COVID-19 pandemic 

Review of communication strategies to address misinformation around vaccination

Systematic review and network meta-analysis of interventions to increase vaccine uptake

Completed projects

Impact of opioid substitution therapy (OST) on HIV testing among people who have recently injected drugs: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Prevalence and burden of hepatitis B co-infection among people living with HIV: a global systematic review and meta-analysis.

Cannabis use and the risk of tuberculosis: a systematic review.

Systematic review and network meta-analysis on therapeutic interventions for alcohol dependence in community settings.