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Advancing NESR Methodology

To ensure that NESR’s process remains state-of the-art, NESR methodology and tools are routinely evaluated and refined through a continuous quality advancement initiative.


Overview

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Systematic review science and supporting technologies evolve continuously.

Progress in the field of nutrition science related to the design, conduct, and analysis of food- and nutrition-related research is also ongoing. To ensure that NESR’s process remains state-of the-art, NESR methodology and tools are routinely evaluated and refined through a continuous quality advancement initiative.

NESR’s continuous quality advancement involves enhancing staff knowledge and skills through:

  • ongoing training and professional development, 
  • leveraging the expertise of and collaborating with methodologists from other leading systematic review organizations, and 
  • expanding technological infrastructure.

When appropriate and feasible, refinements to the NESR methodology are carefully planned, tested, and adopted. By aligning with current best practices, NESR’s continuous quality advancement initiative promotes efficiency and resource management, and ensures the ongoing high quality and credibility of NESR work. 

Recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 

In 2016, Congress directed the Secretary of Agriculture to engage the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) to conduct a comprehensive study of the process used to establish the Dietary Guidelines. The National Academies’ study findings are available on its website. 

The study yielded two reports, one with recommendations on the process for selecting the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and another with recommendations for other aspects of the Dietary Guidelines development process, including the NESR process for conducting systematic reviews. NESR carefully considered these recommendations, and a description of how we plan to address the recommendations for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee can be found in this document.

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Methodology Overview

The Nutrition Evidence Systematic Review (NESR) team specializes in conducting food- and nutrition-related systematic reviews.

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Methodology

NESR uses a rigorous and protocol-driven methodology to conduct systematic reviews. View our infographic to learn more.

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Advancing NESR

Advancing NESR Methodology

NESR works to ensure that our methodology remains state-of-the-art. Learn more about how we continuously advance our methodology.

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Project-specific Methods

NESR’s methodology has been used in a number of systematic review projects. Learn more about how NESR’s methodology has been applied in our completed projects.

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