Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis, 1-3 August, 2018

Date: 01-03 August 2018

Venue: Indian Institute for Human Settlements 

Note: It's a closed event

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. urban health.

The use of systematic reviews and meta-analyses can be conducted across 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.

Instructors:
Denny John (DJ), Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Campbell Collaboration

 

Programme Schedule

Day1: Wednesday, 01 August 2018

10.00 – 10.15

Introduction of participants and instructors

10.15 – 11.30

Why systematic reviews are important?

11.30 – 12.15

Question setting

12.15 – 13.15

Conducting a systematic review: Case study of health insurance

13.15 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

Search strategies

15.00 – 15.30

Screening studies

15.30 – 15.45

Tea

15.45 – 17.00

Introduction to Evidence and Gap Map (EGM)

17.00 – 17.30

End of day quiz

 

Day 2: Thursday, 02 August 2018

09.30 – 11.00

Introduction to meta-analysis, effect sizes and forest plots, and testing for heterogeneity

11.00 – 11.15

Tea

11.15 – 12.15

Critical appraisal

12.15 – 13.15

Exercise: Creating and interpreting forest plots with Cochrane’s RevMan software

13.15 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

Introduction to Campbell Collaboration, the process for registering a Campbell study and registering with PROSPERO

15.00 – 15.15

Tea

15.15 – 16.00

Developing review questions

16.00 – 16.30

Introduction to Evidence Synthesis software

16.30 – 17.00

End of day quiz

 Day 3: Friday, 03 August 2018

09.30 – 11.00

Completing TRF for a review and EGM

11.00 – 11.15

Tea

11.15 – 13.15

Continue work on TRF for review and EGM

13.15 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

Presentations

15.00 – 15.15

Tea

15.15 – 16.00

Presentations

16.00 – 16.30

End of course quiz and evaluation

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