Rapid Reviews to Strengthen Health Policy and Systems: A Practical Guide

Governments worldwide increasingly recognize the need for knowledge synthesis to inform health policymaking and health systems decision-making in routine, as well as emergency contexts. Rapid reviews are an efficient solution to support health policy and systems decision-making by providing high-quality evidence in a timely and cost-effective manner.

This hands-on guide, published by the World Health Organization, explores different approaches and methods for the expedited synthesis of health policy and systems research, and provides guidance on how to plan, conduct, and promote the use of rapid reviews, while highlighting key challenges including their application in low- and middle-income countries.

Michael Wilson, the Forum's Assistant Director and lead of their Rapid Response program, co-authored chapter 4 on selecting approaches for rapid reviews.

Download a PDF of the guide.