The Steps

Wondering how to conduct a systematic review? Start by watching the video below for a quick overview.


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As the video above explains, a systematic review follows six main steps:

1. Prepare your topic: Talk with stakeholders and experts and do a quick scan of available research to craft questions that are specific and relevant

2. Search for studies: Find research studies that are potentially related to your question

3. Screen studies: Exclude studies that don’t address your question

4. Extract data: Collect relevant data from all the remaining studies

5. Analyze and synthesize data: Combine and evaluate the information you’ve selected from these studies

6. Report your findings: Turn the synthesis of information into a coherent narrative of what you’ve discovered

On the next few pages, we’ll give a brief explanation of each step, starting with “Prepare your topic.”