Reviews can take a significant amount of time to complete. It has been reported as the most common barrier in completing a Cochrane review, according to a report by Gillies et al. (2009). Make sure that your team understands the time commitment involved before starting any type of knowledge synthesis. Remember, some review types take longer to complete than others (systematic vs. rapid reviews).
Not every knowledge synthesis utilizes the same methods. Make sure you and your team are knowledgeable about how to conduct the review type you are interested in, and how to do so in a transparent and rigorous manner. Read more about each knowledge synthesis type on their respective pages: systematic reviews, meta-analysis, scoping reviews, rapid reviews, realist reviews, mapping reviews, umbrella reviews.
Excellent communication and commitment among team members are essential during any knowledge synthesis project. Ensure that you and your team are well-equipped to maintain consistent, clear and open communication. Read the section on communication for recommendations on how to improve team communication.
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