How our review subjects are chosen

It is mainly public agencies or other decision-makers and stakeholders in the environmental sector that propose the subjects for Mistra EviEM’s reviews. It is they who should then be able to benefit from the results and apply them in practical environmental management.

Every systematic review carried out by Mistra EviEM summarises what research has shown about the issue concerned, and pinpoints any further knowledge requirements.  But the reviews give no recommendations as to how the results should be turned into environmental improvement measures. Instead, it is the task of decision-makers and other stakeholders to ensure that the reviews are used.

Decision-makers propose subjects to be reviewed

Mistra EviEM invites ministries, public agencies, interest organisations, research funders and other organisations associated with environmental affairs to discuss issues where systematic reviews may be needed.

At these meetings, participants have the opportunity to raise topical environmental issues where they see a knowledge gap. In consultation with the government agencies concerned, EviEM’s Secretariat then assess which of these issues are suitable for a systematic review, with reference to existing studies and knowledge summaries, current research etc. As soon as EviEM’s Executive Committee has given approval, EviEM’s Secretariat starts a project.

Since it may take two years to implement a review, it is important to check with the recipients that the results will be timely for their planned decisions. For an issue to be suitable as a subject for systematic review, it must also fulfil a number of criteria and be formulated with great care.

In September 2012, decision-makers and other stakeholders in environmental affairs gathered for a second discussion with EviEM on conceivable topics for reviews. Photo: Claes Bernes