Synthesising Research Results

  • Barbara Kitchenham
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4336)


I am currently working on the Evidence-Based Software Engineering (EBSE) project (EP/C51839X/1) awarded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. We are investigating how readily the concept of evidence-based practice can be adapted to Software Engineering. Evidence-based practice relies on research synthesis, aggregating and analysing relevant ‘primary studies’ by using the methodology of systematic literature reviews. Much of the original impetus came from medical research and emphasised synthesis of high-quality quantitative experiments (i.e. double-blind randomised controlled trials) using statistical metaanalysis.


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    Budgen, D., et al.: Transferring the Evidence-based paradigm to Software Engineering. In: Proceedings of the WISER workshop, ICSE 2006, pp. 7–13. ACM Press, New York (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Petticrew, M., Roberts, H.: Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences. A Practical Guide. Blackwell, Malden (2006)Google Scholar

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