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Durham University

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Budgen, David, Kitchenham, Barbara, Brereton, Pearl, Turner, Mark, Charters, Stuart & Linkman, Stephen (2009). Employing the Evidence-Based Paradigm for Technology-related Decision Making. Evidence & Policy 4(2): 149-169.
  • Publication type: Journal Article
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1744-2648

Author(s) from Durham


We report our experiences with adapting the systematic review procedures to help consolidate software engineering knowledge, seen as a step towards being able to employ evidence-based practices to assist with decision making in IT. We describe the different studies performed, and illustrate our procedures through a fuller description of one of our reviews. Our work has demonstrated the value of a study protocol and identified a number of problems. We conclude that it is practical to employ systematic literature reviews in software engineering, but that some cultural changes are required, particularly for reporting of empirical studies.