Previous course offering: How to conduct meta-analysis?

The course described below was held at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway in May 2011. Similar courses may be offered again and all course offerings will be announced on the website and through other channels. 
This course appeals to all those who are interested in conducting meta-analysis, and addresses both new beginners and those with more experience in meta-analysis. Course holders are Professor Therese Pigott (Loyola University, Chicago) and Professor Arild Bjørndal, University of Oslo.
  • The workshop is aimed at researchers who are …
  • interested in learning about the purpose and rationale of systematic reviews, effect measurement and quantitative social research
  • interested in undertaking a systematic review
  • completing a Campbell-style systematic review
The training focuses on both lecture and small group work, including a trial literature search and a meta-analysis. Individuals will have the opportunity to work with the details of their own review question.
Experienced trainers will be available to give practical and individual advice.

: Therese Pigott (Loyola University Chicago, USA) and Arild Bjørndal (University of Oslo).

The objective is …
  • To improve general knowledge of quantitative social research, effect-measurement, and systematic reviews
  • To give a picture of new trends in this area (e. g. the debate on synthesizing qualitative studies)
  • To improve knowledge of tools and resources for conducting a systematic review
  • To give first hand experience of using such tools and resources
  • To increase participants’ ability to find, evaluate and synthesize data from primary studies
  • To give a grounding in meta-analysis
  • To develop topical issues as structured questions for research on effectiveness
  • To introduce the Campbell Collaboration and its activities
  • To encourage registration of research projects with the Campbell Collaboration
The program will address issues such as:
  • Why conduct a systematic review?
  • How does one identify and structure a research topic?
  • How can one find relevant research literature?
  • How can one address the question of effectiveness or measure program effectiveness?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs in identifying causal links between an intervention and an outcome?

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