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About the Systematic Review Data Repository

In an effort to reduce the burden of conducting systematic reviews, researchers and developers at the Brown University Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) (previously at Tufts Medical Center), with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), have developed a collaborative, Web-based repository of systematic review data. This resource serves as both an archive and data extraction tool and is shared among organizations and individuals producing systematic reviews worldwide, enabling the creation of a central database of systematic review data which may be critiqued, updated, and augmented on an ongoing basis. This database is freely accessible to facilitate evidence reviews and thus improve and speed up policy-making with regards to healthcare.

The benefits of an open systematic review data repository include: improved access to data by consumers of review evidence, a promotion of transparency and reliability in the systematic review process via communal review, enhanced cooperation and utilization across related resources (such as, and a more efficient means of producing and updating systematic reviews. Such an archive would also facilitate other novel avenues of inquiry, such as those investigating research methodology (e.g., comparing different types of outcomes across disciplines, or comparing methodological quality of studies based on funding sources) by concentrating relevant data into one readily available resource.

SRDR Annual Reports

The Systematic Review Data Repository has experienced significant growth since it was released to the public in June 2012. The following reports, released on an annual basis, proceed to record the growth of SRDR. We invite you to download these reports in a PDF format using the links below.

2015: "SRDR Annual Report: December 2014 - November 2015"
PDF Format (4.2 MB) [Free PDF Reader]

Project Team

Principal Investigator: Joseph Lau

Interim Project Manager: Joseph Lau

Active Development Team:
Ethan Balk
Bryant Smith
Jens Jap

Past Contributors:
Christopher Parkin
Nira Hadar
Manlik Kwong
Sarah Keefe
Amy Earley
Ramon Iovin
Stanley Ip

The SRDR Governance Board

Current Members:

Kay Dickersin, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis
Director, US Cochrane Center
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD

Christine Laine, MD, MPH

Editor in Chief, Annals of Internal Medicine
Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians
Philadelphia, PA

Robert McDonough, MD, JD, MPP

Senior Director, Clinical Policy Research & Development
Hartford, CT

David Moher, PhD

Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Karen A. Robinson, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins University EPC
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD

Ida Sim, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Co-Director of Biomedical Informatics of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute
UCSF School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Joanne M. Spahn, MS, RD, FADA

Nutrition Evidence Analysis Library, Lead Nutritionist
US Department of Agriculture
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Alexandria, VA

Lesley A. Stewart, PhD

Professor and Director, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
University of York
York, UK

Dr David Tovey FRCGP

Editor in Chief, the Cochrane Library
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Cochrane
London, UK

Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MSCE

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Evidence-based Practice, Penn Medicine
Medical Director, Clinical Decision Support, Penn Medicine
Senior Associate Director, ECRI Institute – Penn Medicine EPC
Philadelphia, PA

Evelyn P. Whitlock, MD, MPH

Director, Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates EPC
Senior Investigator, Senior Director for Evidence-based Medicine Research
Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Adjunct Associate Professor, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, OR

Craig Whittington, PhD

Global Head of Quality, Methodology & Innovation
Doctor Evidence, LLC
Santa Monica, CA
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness, Research Department of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology
University College London
London, UK

Deborah A. Zarin, MD

National Library of Medicine, NIH
Bethesda, MD

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