Evidence Synthesis Unit

HI-PIE’s Evidence Synthesis Unit is a collaboration of CLHSS and the Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice Center. It was created to address the need for rapid, high-quality evidence to inform clinical practice and guidelines.

We evaluate topic areas where evidence is emerging or where evidence gaps exist to inform and adapt clinical practice. Our skills and services include a range of reviews, such as systematic and scoping reviews and meta-analyses. Under appropriate circumstances, we perform rapid reviews that answer questions using a critical and rigorous but time-limited approach. 

The Evidence Synthesis Unit is led by Mary Butler, PhD, MBA and Josh Rhein, MD. Bronwyn Southwell, MD is the Integration Lead and Maya Peters, MPH is the project manager.

Infographic of Evidence Synthesis process

Work With Us

  1. The process for requesting an Evidence Synthesis review begins with filling out the Evidence Synthesis Intake Form. In this form, we ask questions about the problem or decisional dilemma you are facing, how you will use the information, and when you need it. We review each submission to determine its suitability for an evidence review.

  2. If your request is suitable for a review, we then schedule a Problem Framing meeting to further clarify and define your research questions.

  3. After the Problem Framing meeting, your request is once more evaluated to determine if the scope of work fits within our Unit’s purview. If yes, a Scope of Work agreement is created, which defines the scope of work that the Evidence Synthesis Unit will undertake to fulfill your needs.

  4. Once the Scope of Work agreement has been approved, the work of synthesizing the evidence begins. Depending on the scope and complexity, project timelines will vary from weeks to months.

  5. After the evidence review has been completed, we will schedule a meeting to present our findings. You will be provided with final, archivable documents for your use.