Topaz Project: How to conduct a transdisciplinary rapid review

A Digital Child Working Paper from our ‘How to’ series

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. This paper focuses on how to conduct a rapid review. The rapid review was developed to synthesise evidence using an accelerated and more streamlined manner than systematic reviews, that retains standardised and transparent processes but with some short-cuts to reduce resource and time demands. Rapid reviews can be valuable for decision-makers, especially if there is an imminent need for an evidence-based evidence synthesis. The purpose of this paper is to provide a readily accessible resource of information on how to conduct transdisciplinary rapid reviews. This ‘how to…’ guide builds on the prior recommendations and approaches to conducting rapid reviews and provides explanations of what to do at each step, along with a curated list of resources relevant to each step, in a manner sensitive and inclusive to diverse disciplines. Rapid reviews provide a structured process of finding, appraising and synthesising evidence in a timely manner. Transdisciplinary rapid reviews can create timely evidence syntheses that are highly valuable to end-users to support informed evidence-based decision-making by those with the vision of a digital world that benefits children.

Volume/Number: 2022-04

Date published: 3 August 2022

Series type: How to


Suggested citation:Beynon, A., & Straker, L. 2022 How to conduct a transdisciplinary rapid review to support decision making regarding children and digital technology. Digital Child Working Paper 2022-04, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, Brisbane, Australia.

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