Effectiveness

Effectiveness 

  • Effectiveness tests whether something works (does what it is supposed to do) or meets its objectives
  • In health care it focuses on what works and what works best. 
  • Effectiveness often involves some type of measurement.  It can include an evaluation, or in some cases research. 

Evaluation versus research 

Systematic reviews 

  • Within health care, systematic reviews summarise the effectiveness of interventions
  • Within library and knowledge services the use of systematic reviews is increasing