Programme: Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

13-15 December 2017, ISID Complex, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area, New Delhi

Target audience: Researchers, Faculty, PhD/MPhil Students, in Social Sciences

Workshop is free of charge

Methods: The workshop will employ the use of lectures, discussion, group and computer exercises. Participants should bring their own laptops and prior to the workshop should download Cochrane’s RevMan software from this site:

Instructors: Dr Howard White (CEO, Campbell Collaboration), Dr Denny John (Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Campbell Collaboration) and Hugh Waddington (Co-Chair and Editor, International Development Coordinating Group (IDCG), Campbell Collaboration)


Day 1: Wednesday, 13 December 2017

9.00-9.15 Welcome and introduction

9.15-10.30 Why systematic reviews are important

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45-11.30 Question-setting

11.30-13.00 Search strategies

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Data evaluation

Screening studies and coding study content

Critical appraisal: the risk of bias framework

15:30-15.45 Break

15.45-16.45 Exercise: TiAb screening, full text screening, critical appraisal,

16.45-17.00 End of day quiz

Day 2: Thursday, 14 December 2017

9.00-10.30 Introduction to meta-analysis

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45-12.15 Effect sizes: computation and interpretation

Tests of homogeneity/heterogeneity

12.15-13.00 Exercise: creating and interpreting forest plots with Cochrane’s RevMan software

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Subgroup and moderator analysis, meta-regression

Assessment of publication bias and other biases

15.30-15.45 Break

15.45-16.45 Interpreting and reporting results

Reporting standards

Evidence in context: uses and misuses of systematic reviews in policy and practice

Additional resources

16.45-17.00 End of day quiz

Day 3, Friday, 15 December 2017

9.00-9.30 Introduction of the Campbell Collaboration the process for Campbell reviews

9.30-10.30 Exercise on identifying topics for conducting systematic reviews from participants

10.30-11.00 Registering titles with the Campbell Collaboration

11.00-11.15 Break

11.15-11.45 Writing a protocol with the Campbell Collaboration

11.45-12.30 Review process of the Campbell Collaboration, various products such as Plain language summary, Policy brief

12.30-13.00 Questions and follow-up with participants for registering reviews with Campbell Collaboration

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00 Depart

To register fill out this form, or please mail Denny John on [email protected] stating your name and affiliation. This event is free of charge. A limited number of bursaries are available for travel and accommodation for participants from out of Delhi.