Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis, 13-15 December 2017, New Delhi

ISID Complex, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area, New Delhi

Background: The evidence for making policy, programme and practice decisions is best based on careful analyses and syntheses of multiple studies. These may be studies of the same topic such as microfinance and poverty, or across several areas of a single program, e.g. child abuse.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses 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?

Objectives: This workshop presents the scientific principles, methods, analysis, and reporting standards that guide the process of conducting systematic reviews 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:

  • Principles and methods of research synthesis
  • Common sources of bias and errors in research reviews
  • Steps in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Strategies for minimizing bias
  • Reporting standards and guidelines for systematic reviews
  • Problem formulation, and developing review questions in the Indian context
  • Uses and misuses of research synthesis to inform policy, practice and further research
  • Registering titles and protocols, and conducting reviews with the Campbell Collaboration

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: http://community.cochrane.org/tools/review-production-tools/revman-5/revman-5-download.

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

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

Programme

To register please fill out this form, or mail Denny John on djohn@campbellcollaboration.org 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.

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