International Development Coordinating Group

The International Development Coordinating Group (IDCG) is a multidisciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, practitioners and funders committed to evidence-informed policies. This network is part of the Campbell Collaboration, and 3ie provides technical expertise and editorial services to authors of systematic reviews that focus on international development. Co-chairs Marie Gaarder, director of the evaluation office and global director for innovation and country engagement; and Peter Tugwell, Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, lead the group.

Why support synthesis?

Over the last decade there has been an increasing demand for evidence to inform international development policy, programming and practice. Donors, implementing agencies and governments are under pressure to demonstrate that their policies are informed by evidence. Systematic reviews summarise the best available evidence on a specific question by synthesising the results of several studies.

IDCG’s objectives

  • Support production and dissemination of high-quality systematic reviews in the area of international development;
  • Foster collaboration, develop and cultivate a diverse international network of individuals who contribute to and promote the production of systematic reviews;
  • Develop capacity of authors and policymakers to conduct and use systematic reviews, especially those based in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Engage evidence users such as policymakers and promote the work of the group; and
  • Provide a platform for dissemination through journal publication.

What IDCG does

The group provides technical expertise and editorial services to Campbell Collaboration review authors. They have supported several reviews, protocols and titles which are available on the research evidence section of Campbell’s website. The group has also developed and published a number of resources for authors, contributed to a special issue of the Journal of Development Effectiveness and organised panels and workshops at various events. The secretariat also engages with a number of agencies, including World Bank, AusAID and DFID, in overseeing the preparation of a range of reviews. Read more about the group here.

How to register with IDCG

There are three stages in the production of a Campbell review or a Campbell evidence gap map (EGM): (1) title registration, (2) protocol, and (3) review or EGM.

The first step is to complete the title registration form (TRF). The proposed title for your systematic review or EGM should clearly state the scope of the review. This scope should be determined in consultation with key stakeholders including intended end users.

Download the title registration form for a systematic review

Download the title registration form for an evidence and gap map

The editorial process for your review or EGM will be managed by one of Campbell’s Coordinating Groups. Fill in the TRF and email it directly to the Managing Editor, Audrey Portes at

More information about Campbell policies and guidelines is available under Author Guidelines.

To find out more about submitting a proposal, click here.


All IDCG publications are available on Wiley Journal’s website. Click here to see an updated list of IDCG title registrations

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