Rapid Review

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Rapid reviews are a useful research method to gather relevant evidence on an issue or topic within a limited time-frame. While rapid reviews provide a more limited scope of information than systematic reviews, they are especially effective for informing policy and practice.

A rapid review was conducted for the Connections First initiative to examine the current evidence on the effectiveness of various community-based natural supports in developing children’s life skills. Life skills for this review were defined as behaviours and skills that allow people to deal with everyday demands and stressors.

Recent literature was systematically reviewed to identify key characteristics of effective community-based programs and activities that promote development of life skills through the creation of natural supports. Key findings are presented in the poster provided (please see above).