The Research, Evidence and Development Initiative (READ-It) is an accountable grant funded by UK aid through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (project number 300342-104) and runs from 2018 to 2024. READ-It builds upon the previous work of the UK aid-funded Effective Health Care Research Consortium (EHCRC) (grant number 5242). Visit the archived EHCRC website to find out more about EHCRC’s work from 2009-2018.
High-quality systematic reviews are key to informing FCDO policies and health-related sustainable development goals, and are exactly what READ-It will produce. These systematic reviews are carefully conducted assessments of the reliable research evidence, and are sifted, appraised, and summarized. Each review has a specific research question, often related to the effects of an intervention or policy for the health of poor people. This new initiative will allow READ-It to identify topics, assemble multidisciplinary review teams, produce and quality assure the reviews, disseminate the findings, and update the reviews as new evidence emerges.