American Institutes for Research Experts to Share Insights on Equity, Evidence Synthesis and Climate Change at the 2023 What Works Global Summit

A multidisciplinary team of experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will participate in the 2023 What Works Global Summit (WWGS) from October 18–20 in Ottawa, Canada. This year’s conference theme, Evidence for Global Challenges, aligns closely with AIR’s commitment to generating evidence that can be used by global leaders to improve practices, build capacity, and address equity gaps. The conference also closely aligns with the institution’s expertise in designing and implementing evidence syntheses and impact evaluations, both globally and in the United States.

AIR-affiliated presentations will cover a range of topics, including the future of evidence synthesis in interconnected areas such as the sustainable development goals, climate change, health, agriculture, knowledge translation and disability research; equity in evidence synthesis; and women’s economic empowerment. Each year, the WWGS convenes thousands of experts to discuss global approaches to evidence-based decision-making, innovative research methods, new tools for evidence synthesis, and a joint commitment to creating a better, more equitable world.

The 2023 WWGS is being co-hosted by the Campbell Collaboration and the Bruyère Research Institute. Sessions featuring AIR experts and their work are listed below (all times are in ET). Learn more about the summit and the full program on the WWGS23 website.

Wednesday, October 18

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Ballroom B-C
Climate and Health as Laboratory to Lift Evidence-Synthesis to the Next Level
AIR Expert: Andi Coombes

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Ballroom B-C
Evidence Synthesis of the Partnership Pillar of the Sustainable Development Goals
AIR Experts: Andi Coombes, Chinmaya Holla and Thomas de Hoop

Location: Bytowne
Disability and Knowledge Translation and Implementation: Campbell Coordinating Groups' Shared History and Future Directions
AIR Experts: Kathleen Murphy, Joann Starks and Cindy Cai

4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Location: Capitale
Women’s Empowerment (Individual Presentations)

  • Evidence Synthesis of Economic Women’s Groups in South Asia
    AIR Expert: Chinmaya Holla
  • Access to Capital and Women’s Economic Empowerment: An Evidence Synthesis (Campbell International Development Coordinating Group Presentation)
    AIR Expert: Garima Siwach

Friday, October 20

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 pm.

Location: Capitale
Equity in Evidence Synthesis (Individual Presentations)

  • Considerations for Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research Syntheses AIR Expert: Isabelle Edwards
  • Making the Case for Preprimary: A Synthesis of the Evidence on the Effectiveness of Summer Preprimary Programs
    AIR Expert: Mitchell Morey

Location: Bytowne
Food Systems and Nutrition (Individual Presentations)

  • Climate Adaptation in Food Production: A Synthesis of Process Evaluation
    AIR Expert: Hannah Ring
  • The Impacts of Social Networks on Agricultural Crop and Technology Adoption: Evidence from Tanzania
    AIR Expert: Juan Bonilla