chapter  6
Presenting the synthesis
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The primary purpose of developing a synthesis is to aggregate and interpret findings from original studies for presentation in an easily accessible form. We argue that in presenting the synthesis, it is critical for synthesists to speak directly to a specific, intended audience. Further, we suggest that the selection of an intended audience is likely to drive decisions about how the synthesis is presented. In this chapter, we begin by discussing several issues related to the audience of the synthesis. We then delineate the way in which synthesists might write to a given audience throughout the various elements of reporting the synthesis.