Stakeholder Engagement in Evidence Synthesis
A set of Open Access (free) resources related to engaging with stakeholders during the planning, conduct, and communication of evidence syntheses.

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Why stakeholder engagement?

Stakeholders are defined as "any group or individual who is affected by or can affect the achievement of an organisation’s objectives"*.

Stakeholder engagement is an integral part of all systematic reviews to some degree, whether as the group or person who asks the review question, the end user of the review, or any other representative involved. Thinking carefully about how to engage with a comprehensive or representative and balanced group of stakeholders in a meaningful, fair and ethical way is vital to ensure a systematic review is successful.

To date, however, there has been little discussion of this important process in systematic review guidance, particularly in the field of environmental management and conservation but also in many other fields. To fill this information gap, we designed a series of methodology and commentary articles as part of the Collaboration foe Environmental Evidence (CEE) Stakeholder Engagement Methods Group. The series discusses various aspects of engaging with stakeholders: describing the ranges of methods available, outlining experiences from various systematic review experts, and discussing issues relating to conflict, the benefits of training, engaging directly with decision-makers, and communicating review results. In 2018, the series was published in the CEE journal Environmental Evidence, and made into an easy to read Open Access book. In 2019, the series is being converted into a series of webinars, hosted by the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative.

This website hosts the book, the articles and the webinars in one place, acting as a living resource for those wishing to engage with stakeholders whilst planning, conducting and communicating a systematic review or other evidence synthesis.

* Freeman R. Stakeholder management: a strategic approach. New York: Pitman; 1984.

Webinar 1: Stakeholder engagement in environmental evidence syntheses

Presented by Neal R Haddaway

Read the accompanying article here.

Webinar 2: Managing Knowledge Production in Contexts of Conflict

Presented by Annika E Nilsson

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Webinar 3: How stakeholder engagement has led us to reconsider definitions of rigour in systematic reviews

Presented by Yvonne Erasmus

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Webinar 4: Much at stake: the importance of training and capacity building for SE in evidence synthesis

Presented by Jacqui Eales

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Webinar 5: A five-step approach for stakeholder engagement in prioritisation and planning of environmental evidence syntheses

Presented by Biljana Macura

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Webinar 6: Lessons for introducing stakeholders to environmental evidence synthesis

Presented by Jessica Taylor

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Webinar 7: Transdisciplinary working to shape the systematic reviews and interpret the findings

Presented by Sandy Oliver

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Webinar 8: Participative development and prioritization of review questions in a highly controversial field of regulatory science

Presented by Armin Spök

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Webinar 9: Rethinking Communication – Storytelling for stakeholder engagement in environmental evidence synthesis

Presented by Armin Spök

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Webinar 10: Engaging environmental policy-makers with SRs: challenges, solutions & lessons learned

Presented by Nicky Randall

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Webinar 11: Q & A Session on Stakeholder Engagement and Evidence Synthesis Webinar Series

Presented by Neal Haddaway and Heather Munthe-Kaas (Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the GRADE-CERQual Working Group)

Training in stakeholder engagement and evidence synthesis

  • What does the term stakeholder mean?
  • What is a stakeholder in a systematic review or map?
  • Why might we want to engage with stakeholders in a review project?
  • How do I identify and better understand my stakeholders?
  • How can I engage with stakeholders before, during and after a review?
  • What challenges might I face during stakeholder engagement?

If you have asked yourself any of the questions above, you may be interested in this free, online course on stakeholder engagement in evidence synthesis provided through the #ESTraining initiative, led by the Stockholm Environment Initiative.