Sometimes our greatest barrier to accessing the knowledge we need is making sense of its sheer volume. Everyday, as foundation and nonprofit staff make tough programmatic and investment decisions, they ask the question, “what do we already know about this?” The good news is that much of what we know is actually contained in the very reports, case studies, and evaluations that IssueLab collects.
Our Special Collections and Knowledge Synthesis services are designed to leverage existing, practice-based, knowledge; surfacing important insights and evidence from organizations around the world.
We work closely with organizations in defining their research question, systematically searching for relevant literature addressing those questions, and extracting and summarizing important lessons. We then make the results of that work available through openly licensed and publicly available reports, visualizations, and fully searchable digital collections.