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Systematic Reviews

Evidence and gap mapping exercise


Maps out and categorises existing literature from which to commission further reviews and/or primary research by identifying gaps in the research literature.

Common characteristics

  • Systematically and transparently collects and organises existing literature by categorising evidence.
  • Provides user friendly and easy to digest summaries, often in the form of a visual representation of the available data, such as a map.
  • Some reviews evaluate existing evidence, but do not attempt to synthesise the results and draw conclusions.