The Campbell Collaboration: Improving the evidence base for social policy and practice
Who are we?
The Campbell Collaboration is a voluntary, non-profit, international research network. We produce and disseminate systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in the social and behavioural sciences. Learn more watching our video channel.
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Our mission is to enhance the evidence basis so that policymakers, practitioners, and service recipients are better equipped to make informed decisions. This can improve people’s lives, by improving the quality of public and private services.
Campbell has a small International Secretariat located in Oslo, Norway, which is hosted by the Knowledge Centre at the National Institute of Public Health. We also have a staffed office in Delhi, India hosted by the Global Development Network.
We summarize research in several inter-linked research fields: crime and justice, education, international development, social welfare, knowledge transfer and methods, disability, nutrition, business and management, and methods.
The Campbell Colloquium provides a meeting place open to anyone interested in evidence-based social policy. Building competence in research synthesis methodology is a key to increasing capacity for systematic reviews.
This year we are holding the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit (GEIS) 2018 in Melbourne, together with the Centre for Evidence and Implementation.
The conference, on 22-24 October, is called Evidence, synthesis and implementation: Creating Impact for stronger communities around the world. Register now!
In additional to the training sessions being held in Melbourne at GEIS 2018, we have run stand-alone workshops in countries all over the world. See our Events page for more information.
What is a systematic review?A systematic review is a key step towards finding what works. It uses transparent and explicitly defined procedures to find, evaluate and synthesize the results of relevant research. The process is designed to minimize bias and to give as accurate as possible an indication of the effect of an intervention or program.
Campbell systematic reviewsCampbell Systematic Reviews follow rigorous guidelines and are subject to intensive editorial scrutiny before publication. Campbell reviews: Must include a systematic search for both published and unpublished reports. Require that a protocol (project plan) for the review is approved and published in advance. Are usually international in scope. Require a minimum of two researchers, working independently, to determine matters such as study inclusion and coding.
Open AccessApproved reviews are published in our open access, online Campbell Library.
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Our most influential reviews concern topics such as “Scared Straight” programs, Kinship Care, School-based programs to prevent bullying, WASH hygiene programs, Welfare-to-work programs, and Mindfulness.