The Role of Systematic Reviews and the Campbell Collaboration in the Realization of Evidence-Informed Practice

Aron Shlonsky, Eamonn Noonan, Julia H. Littell, Paul Montgomery

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Evidence-informed practice asks practitioners and policy-makers to integrate current best evidence with client context in order to provide meaningful and potentially effective services across a range of presenting problems. Done correctly, systematic reviews are a crucial part of this process, providing social workers and other helping professionals with transparent, rigorous, and informative syntheses of research in a given area. This paper makes clear the need for systematic reviews in social work, briefly explains what systematic reviews are and how they are made, and describes the role of the Campbell Collaboration in creating a world library of systematic reviews.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-368
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Campbell Collaboration
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Meta-analysis
  • Systematic review

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