Background: Evidence-based policy should draw on high-quality evidence synthesis. The Campbell Library is the global library for systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis of research on social and economic policies, programmes and practice.
Systematic reviews explore a variety of questions: What is the extent of the problem? Which risk and protective factors are associated with specific conditions? How acceptable are certain interventions in different populations? Which interventions have been rigorously evaluated with what results? What works best, for whom, under what conditions, and at what cost? Evidence and gap maps apply systematic review principles to mapping the available evidence.
Objectives: This workshop presents the principles, methods, analysis, and reporting standards that guide the process of conducting systematic reviews, evidence and gap maps and meta-analysis in social sciences. Participants will also work in groups to produce titles for registration with the Campbell Collaboration.
Topics to be covered include:
- Types of evidence synthesis
- Principles and methods of evidence synthesis
- Steps in conducting systematic reviews, evidence and gap maps and meta-analysis
- Reporting standards and guidelines for evidence synthesis
- Problem formulation, and developing review questions
- Uses and misuses of research synthesis to inform policy, practice and further research
- Registering titles and protocols, and conducting reviews with the Campbell Collaboration
Who is the workshop for? The workshop is for anyone who would like to write a Campbell review. Campbell publishes reviews on any topic. Researchers do not need to have prior experience of reviews, though experienced reviewers interested in registering with Campbell are also welcome.
Methods: The workshop will employ the use of lectures, group discussion, and computer exercises. Participants should bring their own laptops and prior to the workshop should download Cochrane’s RevMan software from this site: http://community.cochrane.org/tools/review-production-tools/revman-5/revman-5-download.
Workshop facilitators: Howard White (CEO, Campbell Collaboration), and Gavin Stewart (Lecturer in Evidence Synthesis, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Newcastle University)
Introduction to evidence synthesis, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, 12-13 October 2017, Newcastle University
There is no charge for the event. Participants are expected to meet their own costs. Registration is on a first come first served basis.
To register please email Audrey Portes (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating your name, position, affiliation and proposed title or area of interest for a Campbell review.