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We are inviting people working in the humanitarian sector and other related areas to take part in this survey examining the use of systematic reviews by decision makers who are involved in planning for and responding to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises. This survey will contribute to good practice and will help people planning humanitarian interventions and beneficiaries alike to have access to information based on evidence before, during and after natural disasters and other complex emergencies throughout the world.

The survey is part of Evidence Aid, which was initiated by The Cochrane Collaboration and is growing to include new partners. Evidence Aid uses knowledge from Cochrane reviews and other systematic reviews to provide reliable, up-to-date evidence on interventions that might be considered in the context of natural disasters and other major emergencies. It seeks to improve access to information on which interventions work, which don’t work, which need more research, and which, no matter how well meaning, might be harmful.

Your participation in this survey will help compile a list of priorities for the information needed following natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. This will help to identify potentially relevant systematic reviews and will supplement the list of topics drawn up following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti and floods in Pakistan in 2010, and the Japanese disaster earlier this year.

Systematic reviews aim to identify, appraise and summarize the findings of relevant research on a given topic, making the evidence more accessible to people making decisions and setting policy. They compare and contrast the findings of individual studies, and, when appropriate, combine the results to provide a more reliable and precise estimate of the effect of an intervention, or the association between variables, than is possible with a single study.

Systematic reviews can be done in any area of research, but most are related to health. Cochrane reviews are produced by The Cochrane Collaboration and focus on the effects of healthcare interventions. The Cochrane Collaboration is the world's largest organization dedicated to the production of systematic reviews, with more than 4500 full reviews published to date, through the work of 25,000 volunteers in over 100 countries.

Participation in the study is voluntary and entirely confidential – personal details of respondents will not be disclosed.

The survey is being carried out in collaboration with the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and is being supervised by Professor Mike Clarke, from the Centre for Public Health in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. It has been made possible by funding to Evidence Aid from The Cochrane Collaboration, Wiley-Blackwell and the European Union funded TENALEA project.

If you have any queries, please send these to Dr Bonnix Kayabu (