Systematic maps are systematically conducted reports that include visual presentations of the availability of robust research of relevance to specific policy or practice questions.
Thalloo mapping framework © Andrew C Martin
They aim to consolidate ‘what is known’ and, unlike a systematic review, they do not assess ‘what works’ because they do not include detailed critical appraisal or data synthesis. Their strength is that by providing a geographical visualisation that can be filtered by aspects of the review question decision-makers can see where research has been neglected either geographically or thematically. In common with systematic reviews, the conduct of a systematic map is driven by a detailed Protocol agreed in collaboration with stakeholders.
Some of our interactive evidence maps can be found here https://oxsrev.github.io/evidencemaps/.
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