Expert Methods Group

Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods

The task of the Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods (KSM) was to provide and share knowledge about different forms, methods and limitations of knowledge collation, appraisal and synthesis so that robust evidence and knowledge gaps could be identified, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of available knowledge.

These methods will be used to identify and characterise robust evidence and knowledge gaps, in response to requests to EKLIPSE from policy makers and societal actors.

‘Knowledge’ can refer to scientific knowledge, technical practitioner knowledge and/or Indigenous and local knowledge (‘ILK’). The work of the expert group informs those addressing EKLIPSE requests about the knowledge synthesis methods available, including their pros and cons, costs, and requirements in terms of human capital and technical tools.

The KSM Expert Group has the following members:

  • Lynn Dicks - University of East Anglia, UK (Chair, EKLIPSE partner)
  • Pierre Failler - University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Johanna Ferretti - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
  • Neal Haddaway - Mistra EviEM, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
  • Monica Hernández-Morcillo - Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Barbara Livoreil – FRB, France (Knowledge Coordination Body, EKLIPSE partner)
  • Brady Mattsson - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Nicola Randall - Harper Adams University, UK
  • Romina Rodela - Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Sweden
  • Luis Santamaria - Doñana Biological Station, Spanish Research Council (EBD-CSIC)
  • Heli Saarikoski - SYKE (EKLIPSE partner)
  • Emiliya Velizarova - Forest Research Institute - Bulgarian Academy of sciences, Bulgaria
  • Heidi Wittmer – UFZ (Knowledge Coordination Body, EKLIPSE partner)

EKLIPSE Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods

The EKLIPSE Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods. Credit: Neal Haddaway.

Progress so far

September 2016: The closing date for this call was the 10th of September 2016 [original call text]

October 2016: First workshop, Berlin. We agreed on a set of 21 Knowledge Synthesis Methods (KSM), characterised their strengths and weaknesses and began designing a process for method selection.

January 2017: Report produced (EKLIPSE Deliverable 3.1), describing the methods.

April 2017: Guidance notes to each method posted on EKLISPSE website

May 2017: Workshop with the European Union Scientific Advice Mechanism in Brussels, to present our report, and discuss methods and method selection.

Future plans

The group is designing a process of method selection for policy requests, co-developed with policy makers and tested with real policy questions.

An EKLIPSE live webinar on methods is planned for September: an overview of Knowledge Synthesis Methods and how to choose the most appropriate method.