Course Overview


The course should take approximately 4-5 hours to complete


A certificate is issued once a minimum of 80% is achieved in the final quiz section.


The CREDO Rapid ‘Evidence Needs’ Appraisal Module should help you to learn about the conduct of a rapid appraisal of evidence needs by applying some of the methods used in systematic reviews, in particular in rapid reviews.

Intended Learning Objectives:

By the end of the module, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the key elements in a rapid systematic review
  2. Critically appraise literature
  3. Identify gaps in literature
  4. Prioritise a research area
  5. Formulate a relevant research question


CREDO is funded by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. TDR is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO. The Global Health Training Centre is built through the support and partnership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World-Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network and the East African Consortium for Clinical Research.  

Author: Mike Clarke - Professor, Queen's University Belfast and Research Director of EvidenceAid

Course Contributor and Developer: Nzelle Delphine Kayem - Research Associate, Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health, University of Oxford, UK

Funder: This course has been funded by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases

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