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Monash Sustainable Development Institute is collaborating with McMaster University, Canada to expand the world’s most comprehensive repository of sythesised research evidence to inform decision making - Social Systems Evidence (SSE).

SSE brings together evidence reviews, economic evaluations and policy briefs spanning all of the social sciences from around the world. It is the world’s only repository of evidence reviews and provides governments, policymakers, researchers, and others a single access point for quality-appraised evidence. The reviews are indexed against multiple filters such as government services and program areas, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or geographical regions. SSE currently covers 13 of the 17 SDGs, with content on the remaining SDGs to be added over the coming months.

Specifically, the MSDI SSE team are identifying, appraising and curating evidence relating to the remaining SDGs: 7-Affordable and Clean Energy, 13-Climate Action, 14-Life Below Water and 15-Life on Land.

The results of this collaboration will provide decision-makers across the globe rapid access to pre-appraised and highly credible knowledge in their area of interest or to solve their problem, which in turn will aid governments around the world to achieve the SDGs.

The SSE team also delivers the following services:

  • Reviews prepared in 5, 30 or 60 business days summarising the relevance and local applicability of evidence addressing an SDG-related issue;
  • Facilitated dialogues to enable decision-makers to deliberate on evidence-informed action;
  • Trials of behaviour change interventions to embed policies into practice; and
  • Teaching and training for organisations looking to build capacity in evidence-informed policy and practice.

Access Social Systems Evidence here

Contact Us:


Academic Lead, A/Prof Peter Bragge
T: +61 (0)403 179 275

Program Manager, Tania Richter
T: +61 3 9905 8958