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Campbell launches new Policy Briefs publications

The Campbell Collaboration is pleased to announce the release of our new Policy Briefs series – publications designed to inform social policy and practice decisions. In the first, Professor Barlow summarizes evidence from 6 Campbell systematic reviews of parenting programs. Unequivocal evidence shows that they are effective in improving aspects of parents’ psychosocial functioning in the short-term. In the second Brief, Gary Ritter summarizes evidence from 6 reviews of the effects school-based interventions to improve student behavior. There are promising findings, for example, about interventions to reduce bullying, but policy makers need to press for more rigorous evidence when designing programs to improve student behavior. 

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Jacobs Foundation awards new grants for systematic reviews on children and youth

The Jacobs Foundation has awarded over US$200,000 for systematic reviews to inform better policy and practice to improve child and youth development. The grants are made by the Jacobs Foundation as part of their ‘Program on Better Evidence for Children and Youth’ and the reviews will be published in the Campbell Library of systematic reviews.

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Three Campbell methods grants awarded

The Campbell Collaboration is pleased to announce that three grants have been awarded as part of its programme supporting innovative methods development. The successful topic submissions include: the development of user-friendly software for using single case research in systematic reviews; and the development of a tool for assessing the risk of bias in non-randomised studies for Campbell systematic reviews. The Campbell funding programme for methods innovation has been made possible by the generous support of the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

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Ingram Olkin (1924-2016)

Ingram Olkin, Professor Emeritus of Statistics and Education at Stanford University, died in Palo Alto California on April 28, at the age of 91. He was, without doubt, an influential and charismatic individual, and co-founded journals such as Statistical Science and The Journal of Educational Statistics (currently Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics). He received the Campbell Collaboration’s Frederick Mosteller Award for Distinctive Contributions to Systematic Reviewing, and was also recognised for his commitment to supporting women in statistics.

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Blog topic: Meta-analysis needed to assess how effective programmes are

In a new blog article, Howard White, CEO of Campbell, sheds light on why meta-analysis is needed to evaluate how effective programmes are.

During a recent presentation he was asked 'What are readers to think, when there are different systematic reviews giving different conclusions?'

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WWGS2016 pre-summit workshop schedule online

A series of pre-summit workshops will be held on 24 & 25 September before the What Works Global Summit in London. Details of 24 workshops are now online: topics include evidence-based philanthropy, and using social network analysis to support evidence-informed decision-making. Further events will be announced, so please check the WWGS2016 website and Twitter regularly. Registration for the #wwgs2016 event is now open.

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Beirut - the new home of the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative

A new secretariat for the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI) has been established at the American University of Beirut. GESI is an international consortium established to enhance the capacity for research synthesis worldwide. GESI is made up of leading international organizations in evidence synthesis including the Campbell Collaboration; Cochrane; the EPPI-Centre; 3ie; the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research; and the Joanna Briggs Institute.

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What Works Global Summit: Registration Live

You can now register online for the evidence event of the year on the What Works Global Summit website. Presenting an event? Submit your proposals for the summit by 25 April at 23:59 EST. All submissions can be sent online or via the What Works Global Summit 2016 Call for Proposals form. The summit will be held in London from 26-28 September (pre-conference workshops: 24-25 September).

Share the WWGS2016.org website link with your friends. #wwgs2016

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Campbell Newsletter: February 2016

Our February newsletter is out! In this edition: the latest about Campbell’s systematic reviews and plain language summaries, news about the first What Works Global Summit (London, 26-28 September), and details about our grant programmes: one for new systematic reviews, and one for methods development. Grants of up to $40,000 are available.

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New Plain Language Summaries: Juvenile curfews, supplementary food programmes

The Campbell Collaboration is pleased to announce the publication of two new Plain Language Summaries. The first summarises evidence from a systematic review of the effects of juvenile curfews showing that curfews do not reduce crime or victimization. The second summarizes evidence from a systematic review showing that food supplementation programmes are more effective if better targeted and supervised.

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