What is Critical Appraisal?
“Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context” (Burls, 2009).
How can LKS support Critical Appraisal and what are the benefits?
LKS can signpost staff to useful tools and resources that can help them evaluate the information they find and use, whatever level of evidence it may be. They may also support journal clubs or deliver training sessions. CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Programme) checklists are quick ways to assess papers. The CRAAP (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose) test can be also be handy to appraise other types of evidence. There are also lots of tools people can use to Spot Fake News. Good critical appraisal skills are crucial in practice and in life – in an society that is saturated with information they can help users sort fact from the fiction.
Knowledge Management goals achieved:
- Connecting people to the evidence base
Today is the last in our festive calendar but we’d love to hear what you thought about the advent or any KM things it has inspired you to do. Why not tweet #KMAdvent17 and let us know what you thought…
We will also be sharing a further post in January to encourage you to make a KM New Year’s Resolution.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the KM team!
Note on using the calendar:
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