Institute of Education


Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre)

Developing methods to bring together research evidence to inform important questions in policy, practice and research.

Founding Director: Professor Ann Oakley
Director: Professor David Gough

The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) is part of the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU)

Our work includes:

  • methods development
  • carrying out systematic reviews
  • supporting others to do systematic reviews
  • providing teaching about systematic research synthesis.


We are proud to be a formal partner of the Campbell Collaboration and to have co-directed the Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health Field since 1996.


Systematic reviews

Systematic reviews use research methods to review the research evidence in ways that uncover and minimise bias. More traditional literature reviews tend to consider smaller and possibly biased samples of the relevant literature, often without appraising its quality.

Areas of activity

Our centre's first reviews were conducted in the area of health promotion. Review activity now also addresses education, social care, employment and other areas of applied social science. We also support other groups by providing reviewing tools and dedicated ongoing support and quality assurance.

Our methodology work is reflected in its status as the Methods for Research Synthesis Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods.

Our staff

Founding Director

Ann Oakley

Director of Centre

David Gough

Deputy Director

Sandy Oliver

Associate Directors

Mark Newman
James Thomas


Alison O'Mara-Eves, Research Officer
Carol Vigurs, Research Officer
Claire Stansfield, EPPI-Centre Information Officer
Dylan Kneale, Research Officer
Gillian Stokes, Research Officer
Ginny Brunton, Research Officer
Irene Kwan, Research Officer
Janice Tripney, Lecturer in Social Policy
Jeff Brunton, Research Officer
Karen Schucan Bird, Research Officer
Kate Hinds, Research Officer
Katherine Twamley, Research Officer
Katy Sutcliffe, Research Officer
Kelly Dickson, Research Officer
Michelle Richardson, Research Officer
Mukdarut Bangpan, Research Officer
Philip James Rose, Publications and Administrative Officer
Rebecca Rees, Senior Lecturer in Evidence Informed Policy and Practice
Ruth Stewart, Research Officer
Sergio Graziosi, Information Systems Officer

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS

Study with us

We provide a variety of courses and support in systematic reviewing and research synthesis.

Masters degrees

Short courses

  • Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice
  • Methods for Research Synthesis

Tailored workshops

We have developed half-day to four day workshops on user-led systematic reviews and synthesising studies of users' views.

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We develop methodology for systematic research synthesis, undertakes syntheses of evidence from various study types, and provides support to external groups and organisations conducting systematic reviews.

Areas of research

Current areas of research include:

  • Education
  • Health promotion
  • Health systems and international development
  • Social and other issues
  • Research methods and research support.

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We provide guidance and support to people undertaking research projects and offer training in conducting research. Our staff can provide independent evaluations and help with disseminating research findings for policy and practice.


We also provide access to our web-based software tool EPPI-Reviewer to external groups. The software allows users to undertake and achieve sustainability in systematic reviews.

How to use EPPI-Reviewer: contact Jeff Brunton

More info


The EPPI-Centre is very pleased to develop collaborative relationships with individuals and organisations interested in using systematic research synthesis to inform policy and practice in social interventions.

See our partners, funders, reviewers and collaborations: EPPI-Centre website

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