Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 362–368 | Cite as

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
Original Paper


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.


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


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aron Shlonsky
    • 1
  • Eamonn Noonan
    • 2
  • Julia H. Littell
    • 3
  • Paul Montgomery
    • 4
  1. 1.Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Campbell CollaborationOsloNorway
  3. 3.Graduate School of Social Work and Social ResearchBryn Mawr CollegeLower Merion TwpUSA
  4. 4.Centre for Evidence Based InterventionUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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