Findings from The Evidence Project will be compiled according to accepted scientific standards and disseminated through multiple methods.
- The FIW Foundation website will include a database of these findings written in plain English for widespread dissemination.
- Meta-analyses with noteworthy findings will be published in various scientific journals.
- Findings will also be submitted to integrative health conferences for presentation.
The Evidence Project produces systematic reviews and meta-analyses (where possible) of integrative health interventions. Because systematic reviews and meta analyses are fully dependent on the existence of existing studies in the literature, the extent of evidence this project will produce is also dependent upon the existence of existing research.
The project is prioritizing subjects where sufficient evidence exists to conduct a comprehensive meta-analysis. When that phase is completed, it will expand to systematic reviews of evidence. Systematic reviews without a meta-analysis will only be conducted where there is a lack of available evidence for further analysis.
The Evidence Project has two key phases: development and maintenance.
The development stage is the first stage that involves creating an initial database of findings. Ideally, these will be available to the public for free or for a suggested donation. The duration of the development stage is fully dependent upon volunteers and funding. This phase may take anywhere from 2-5 years.
As the primary goal of the project is to identify, analyze, and summarize the body of knowledge on each given topic in integrative health, and the body of knowledge is continuously growing, The Evidence Project will be constantly updated to reflect new evidence. This maintenance phase will be ongoing.