Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Building evidence synthesis knowledge, awareness and capacity on the island of Ireland.


Our mission is to make evidence syntheses more usable in every sense of the word – better designed, conducted and reported, more useable for decision makers and more usable within health care policy and clinical practice decision making across the island of Ireland and beyond. Learn more…


The ESI core team is centrally administered from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway under the direction of Professor Declan Devane. The lead applicant for Northern Ireland is Prof. Bronagh Blackwood. Learn more…


All Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI) training will be delivered by ESI registered teaching faculty who between them have decades of evidence synthesis expertise across diverse topics and methods. Learn more…


Training by Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI) will build knowledge, awareness and capacity in evidence synthesis amongst service users, practitioners, investigators, policy makers and the public. We will provide a varied, high quality training programme with an emphasis on different methods of evidence synthesis to support the pathway from question formulation, through evidence synthesis to guideline development and recommendations.

In addition to our face to face workshops, we will hold approximately monthly, live webinars on a range of evidence synthesis topics, which will be identified iteratively based on demand, innovations in evidence synthesis methodology and capitalising on availability of expertise.


The ESI fellowship model will help build capacity on the island of Ireland in conducting evidence syntheses while also offering fellows the opportunity to contribute, in a meaningful way, to respective review centre activity and capacity building. In our model, experienced review centres will take and assign four fellows each year onto reviews being conducted within their respective centres.

Fellows will receive structured theoretical training from ESI and join an existing or new review team being led by experienced reviewers within the respective centre to gain hands-on evidence synthesis experience in a high-quality evidence synthesis environment. This will afford the fellow the opportunity of networking with a range of stakeholders in evidence synthesis. Fellows will work with the centre team in a ‘virtual’ environment. Learn more…

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