Centre for Information and Reviews

Literature reviews

Overview | Full systematic literature reviews | Rapid evidence assessments
Rapid reviews and scoping studies | Bespoke review services

Full systematic literature reviews

A full systematic review provides a clear and unbiased picture of material relevant to a specific subject area or research question. It offers a highly robust and systematic synthesis of the evidence, with key messages and recommendations. Literature is found through highly comprehensive searching and the methodology used to search for, select and analyse the literature is transparent, robust, systematic and documented. This ensures that results are reliable and will hold up to critique, and that the search can be replicated. The series of knowledge reviews, such as the review on ‘narrowing the gap in the early years’, which NFER managed for the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO) provide examples of full, systematic literature reviews.

For more information on our literature review work, please have a look at our reviews brochure.