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7 myths about systematic reviews and why we need to move on

Systematic reviews provide a way of finding out everything we know and don't and prove mainstream in medical and health research, but common myths are preventing greater uptake of the process. Jonathan Breckon and David Gough debunk these myths in light of the new Alliance publication 'Learning from Research'.

Hard Evidence: do supermarket checkouts make kids obese?

With childhood obesity rates increasing every year, Susan Bailey investigates the Junk Free Checkouts Campaign to see if unhealthy foods strategically placed at eye-level impact on unhealthy eating habits.

Hard Evidence: how much is your data worth to you?

As more and more of our lives are conducted online, data security becomes an ever increasing issue. Anya Skatova researches in this week's Hard Evidence piece how willing participants were to pay for data security with online banking, energy bills and loyalty card information.

Social science and replication

The hesitation to reproduce and replicate datasets inhibits clarity and can obscure research results. Alex Sutherland and Nicole Janz argue for a cultural shift to demand more replication of results which can help policymakers and academics alike to bring greater legitimacy and relevance to research.

The time is ripe for evidence

Rebecca Kilburn and Michael Frearson from RAND consider in this guest blog how the European Commission is exploring child well-being, particularly through evidence-based policy and the new European Platform for Investing in Children.

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