The training is offered for people interested in understanding how evidence can be synthesised and used to inform policy and decision making. The evidence for making policy, programme and practice decisions is best based on careful analysis and syntheses of multiple studies. These may be studies of the same topic or across several areas of a single program.
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: The goal of the training workshop is to equip the participants with relevant knowledge and skills for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
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.
Financial Support: The course is free, and the organizers provide lunches during the two-days training workshop. Participants will cover their own travel, accommodation (there is a hotel costing 30$/night) and incidental costs related to their participation in the workshop.
Target Audience: Researchers, government ministry representatives, civil society representatives, academics, as well as a select number of Masters and Post-graduate students in Social and Natural Sciences.
At the end of the 2-Day training programme, participants will:
- Have deepened their knowledge of the core substance and processes related to steps in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
- Have had a first-hand exposure to good practices in the area of research synthesis
- Have gained knowledge and skills on systematic reviews and meta-analysis in context