CEE has a strong network of affiliated groups from around the world that use our resources and help us achieve our goals. 

The following are examples of groups and projects within the CEE Network.

Global Evidence Commission

CEE is a partner in the Global Evidence Commission to Adress Societal Challenges. The Evidence Commission report (released in January 2022, along with an executive summary) had two main goals: provide recommendations about how we can and must improve the use of evidence, both in routine times and in future global crises; and provide the context, concepts or vocabulary that underpin work in this area. Update 2023 (released in January 2023) describes progress towards improving the use of evidence to address societal challenges and how we are moving from recommendations into action.

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History transforms knowledge into conservation action by leading pioneering applied research, developing capacity for conservation, and convening and connecting actors for collaboration that supports environmental and natural resource management.

The CBC is the first affiliated center with the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) in the United States (CEE-US). The CBC is an organizing hub for evidence synthesis efforts in the region, linking together scientists, practitioners, policymakers, local community leaders, and educators across these sectors to generate, assess, and use evidence for different needs. The CBC strives to help organizations assess their needs for evidence, assess existing knowledge, and apply evidence to decisions.

The CBC conducts evidence syntheses to support robust practice and policy development with a wide range of partners across the conservation sector. The CBC follows robust guidelines to produce transparent and reproducible syntheses—offering a reliable and credible source of evidence.

The CBC has wide-ranging topical expertise including in the biological, ecological, and social sciences—as well significant experience in using systems approaches.

The CBC aims to build and provide tools for conducting evidence syntheses—from contributing to guidelines and resources with the wider CEE Network, to hosting open access software platforms such as Colandr and the Evidence for Nature and People Data Portal. In particular, we focus on:

Improving the efficiency of the evidence synthesis process, and
Creating intuitive and interactive evidence resources for communication and outreach.

Laboratory of Ecology and Forest Restoration, Brazil

In Brazil, Dr. João Paulo Romanelli and Dr. Ricardo Ribeiro Rodrigues coordinate evidence-based restoration at the Laboratory of Ecology and Forest Restoration (LERF), ‘‘Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo. LERF members are currently conducting evidence syntheses based on CEE guidelines to support evidence-based decision-making and inform policy, as well as summarizing restoration data for the uninitiated. The Lab also produces evidence syntheses and bibliometric studies that offer a traceable source of evidence by incorporating systematic review principles. LERF has significant strength in the areas of restoration in tropical regions, especially regarding the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. More details here

San Diego Zoo – Using animal behavior in conservation management

A team of scientists led by Alison Greggor from San Diego Zoo in the USA are conducting a series of evidence syntheses on the use of animal behaviour research in conservation management. The protocols are soon to be published in Environmental Evidence

Julius Kühn-Institut – CADIMA Evidence Synthesis web tool

This project led by the Julius Kühn-Institut in Germany provides free access to the CADIMA online tool with software that supports evidence synthesis by providing systems to prepare and conduct a synthesis. More information can be found here

Green Climate Fund – Adaptation and mitigation strategies addressing climate change

CEE is working with the Green Climate Fund who are running this project and conducting a series of systematic reviews and evidence maps.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Find out more here.

CEE has conducted several training events for the GCF Review Teams and will provide further methodological support for each synthesis if required.

Evidence Synthesis International

The ESI mission is to connect and support both the organizations and people that produce evidence syntheses around the world. Their scope is broad, from human health to conservation, and education to veterinary medicine and they function as the global hub where evidence synthesis organization meet to build capacity, and share resources.

ESI as a networking hub brings the diverse global community of evidence synthesis experts together where they can exchange knowledge, and advocate for the use of rigorous evidence synthesis methods as the foundation for evidence informed policy.

CEE contributes to the governance of ESI and you can found out more about activities here.

The Evidence Synthesis Hackathon

The Evidence Synthesis Hackathon is a series of highly interactive workshops run across the globe with the aim of bringing together the best minds in systematic review methodology and programming to brainstorm and code new technologies and tools to support evidence synthesis. The ESH was established at the Stockholm Environment Institute in 2018 bringing together 29 coders and synthesists, and the third event will take place in Canberra in April 2019 with around 50 participants. The ESH is guided by principles of Open Synthesis (Open Science in evidence synthesis), producing Open Source tools that aim to make systematic reviewing more transparent, efficient, repeatable, rigorous and accessible. The ESH isn’t just for programmers – our discussion theme aims to tackle the biggest questions and challenges facing evidence synthesis in the future, paving the way for methods development to support our main goals. ESH events take the form of general workshops where participants choose their own problems or methods to work on, but can also be designed to tackle specific challenges or develop particular tools. See more information here