Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis: Two-day training

Free Training: Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis

9:30am - 4:30pm, Thursday and Friday 8-9 June 2017
Queen's University Belfast

Get an introduction to and overview of systematic reviewing and meta-analysis.

This training is offered free of charge, for anyone who is interested in how evidence can be synthesised and used to inform policy and decision making. No previous experience of systematic reviewing is required.


The best empirical evidence for policy and practice comes not from single studies, but from careful analyses and syntheses of multiple studies on the same topic. Replication is an essential principle of science, but pure replications are very rare in social research. Instead, most studies investigate variations on important themes: How widespread are various conditions? 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? These questions and others can be addressed with systematic reviews and meta-analyses, even in the presence of substantial (and statistical) heterogeneity across studies.

Delivered by leading international experts in evidence synthesis, the training covers how to use evidence maps to formulate the focus for a systematic review and then all of the key stages involved in the systematic review process. For day two, the focus extends to undertaking meta-analysis and innovative approaches to literature searching using pearl harvesting.

Thursday 8 June

  • 09.30 – 12.30 Introduction to evidence gap maps, Dr Howard White (CEO, The Campbell Collaboration)
  • 14.00 – 17.00 Introduction to systematic review methods, Professor Julia Littell (Co-Chair and Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Collaboration)

 Friday 9 June

  • 09.30 – 12.30 Introduction to meta-analysis, Professor Terri Pigott  (Co-Chair of the Methods Group of the Campbell Collaboration)
  • 14.00 – 17.00 Introduction to Pearl Harvesting, Dr Robert Sandieson (Faculty of Education, Western University, Canada)


To register for the launch and/or the two-day training, please contact David Piekaar on (028) 9097 5956 or email at: It is expected that demand for the training will be high and so early registration is advised to avoid disappointment. A waiting list will be created.

Refreshments during the two days will be provided, although participants will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

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