Rapid reviews in health policy: A study of intended use in the New South Wales' Evidence Check programme

Gabriel Mary Moore, Sally Redman, Tari Turner, Mary Haines

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Rapid reviews of research are a key way in which policy makers use research. This paper examines 74 rapid reviews commissioned by health policy agencies through the Sax Institute's Evidence Check programme. We examine what prompted policy makers to commission rapid reviews, their purpose, how and when they intended to use them, and how this varied by agency. Policy makers commissioned rapid reviews primarily as part of planned policy processes and to identify alternative solutions to problems. Government departments responsible for multiple policy domains were more likely to commission rapid reviews for agenda setting and to test new ideas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-519
Number of pages15
JournalEvidence and Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Evidence-based policy
  • Knowledge synthesis
  • Policy development
  • Rapid review

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