Knowledge synthesis

Parenting Research Centre expertise in knowledge synthesis helps policymakers, agency leaders and practitioners choose interventions and develop initiatives that are effective and well suited to their service context.

We act as a conduit between the evidence base and policy and practice by summarising, evaluating and translating evidence into meaningful and usable information. Our work helps to inform and support critical decision-making processes.

Our team of knowledge synthesis specialists identifies, synthesises and contextualises evidence to answer key questions about 'what works' in various domains of the child and family service sector.

We use rigorous, replicable and transparent methods for knowledge collection, appraisal, aggregation and analysis.

Our systematic approach helps us draw reliable conclusions about the evidence for interventions and apply it to answer questions posed by our clients. In our conclusions, we contextualise findings within the specific service context relevant to our client.

Based on a client’s particular needs we conduct knowledge synthesis using one or more of the following:

  • systematic reviews: providing the most stringent and comprehensive synthesis of the evidence to inform evidence-based practice
  • rapid evidence assessments: providing a rigorous assessment of the evidence within shorter time frames than a systematic review; useful when timelines are tight
  • scoping reviews: mapping out a broad picture of interventions, practices, frameworks or policies; useful in under-researched areas or when questions of effectiveness are not critical or pertinent.