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.
The use of systematic reviews and meta-analyses can be conducted across the 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 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. In addition, the group will be introduced to the process of registering titles and protocols, and conducting reviews with the Campbell Collaboration, and work in groups to produce titles for registration.
- 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: This workshop includes lectures, discussion, group and computer exercises. Participants should bring their own laptops and should download Cochrane’s RevMan software from this site: http://community.cochrane.org/tools/review-production-tools/revman-5/revman-5-download prior to the workshop.
To register please login http://www.iced-eval.org/events/ This event is free of charge.
Day 1: Wednesday, 22 January 2018
Day 1 will be facilitated by Howard White
08.30‐09.00 Registration and choice of topic for group work
09.00‐09.15 Welcome and introductions
09.15‐10.00 Why systematic reviews are important
10.00‐10.30 Campbell development quiz
10.45‐11.30 Question setting
11.40‐12.30 Systematic review case study: health insurance
13.30‐14.15 Search strategies
14.15‐14.45 Search strategy for an EGM
15.00‐16.00 Screening studies and coding study content
16.00‐16.30 Effect sizes and forest plots
16.30‐17.00 End of day quiz
Day 2: Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Day 2 will be facilitated by Howard White
9.00‐10.30 Introduction to meta‐analysis and testing for heterogeneity
10.45‐12.15 Effect sizes: Computation and interpretation
12.15‐13.00 Exercise: Creating and interpreting forest plots with Cochrane’s RevMan software
14.00‐15.30 Bias assessment and meta‐regression
15.45‐16.30 Interpreting and reporting results, technical reporting standards
16.30‐17.00 End of day quiz
Day 3, Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Day 3 will be facilitated by Denny John
09.00‐09.45 Introduction to Campbell Collaboration and the process for registering a Campbell study, and the Campbell Title Registration Form
09.45‐10.45 Developing review questions
11.00‐11.15 Introduction to evidence synthesis software
11.15‐12.30 Completing the TRF for a review and an EGM
13.30‐14.30 Work on TRF
16.00‐16.30 End of course quiz and course evaluation
16.30‐17.00 Award of certificates
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