Working Paper

Topaz Project: How to conduct a transdisciplinary systematic review



Date published

3 August, 2022


This paper is part of a ‘how to…’ series aimed at supporting transdisciplinary reviews regarding technology use with, by and for young children. Systematic reviews are a widely used mechanism to develop trustworthy evidence to support decision-making. Whilst early use of systematic reviews was focussed on determining unbiased estimates of the effect of health interventions tested in randomised controlled trials, such reviews are now used across many disciplines to identify, appraise and synthesise evidence from a wide range of study designs, sources and types of data to address many different types of questions. However, many support resources are focussed on specific discipline needs and tend to use discipline-specific language. This paper aims to support transdisciplinary collaboration by bringing together resources from various disciplines and presenting information in a format that is sensitive to discipline differences. The aim is to encourage the transdisciplinary understanding by providing a structured pathway for researchers from different discipline backgrounds to work together with end-users to provide credible, believable, and useful syntheses of available evidence.

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'How to' series offering instructional papers aimed at early career researchers


Suggested citation

Beynon, A., & Straker, L. 2022 How to conduct a transdisciplinary systematic review (with or without meta-analysis) to support decision-making regarding children and digital technology. Digital Child Working Paper 2022-02, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, Brisbane, Australia.

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