Short Courses

Research synthesis for policy and practice

22nd February 2011 to 24th February 2011

Dates: 22-23/02/2011 & 12-13/04/2011

This four day course is for government social researchers and policy-related researchers and analysts who want to explore in detail the technical and practical issues associated with systematic reviews and meta-analysis and with methods of synthesis.

Tutor: Rebecca Rees


  • Identify the structure and content of a systematic review and how this can vary
  • Recognize the basic principles of critical appraisal and understand how these determine what goes into a systematic review and what doesn’t, and why.
  • Develop conceptual frameworks and inclusion criteria for reviews
  • Search for evidence and map systematically the available evidence
  • Use databases and other systems for managing and assuring the quality of a review.
  • Explore the use of systematic reviews for policy and practice
  • Have a critical understanding of the purpose of the systematic research synthesis and its relevance to evidence-informed policy and practice
  • Be able to develop a protocol for a question-led systematic review
  • Be able to describe and critically appraise primary studies for a review
  • Plan and appraise meta-analysis and other forms of synthesis
  • Present and appraise systematic review findings
  • Evaluate the role played by systematic reviews within evidence-informed decision-making in policy and practice

What previous students said about this course:

  • 'Very helpful course - I feel I can apply what I learnt'.
  • 'I feel like I would be much more confident in commissioning a review'

Venue: Institute of Education

Cost: £900

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is offering training bursaries up to £1,000 to enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their skills. Contract researchers working in HEIs are also eligible for the bursaries. Please note that the bursary scheme is open for applications throughout the year i.e. there are no deadlines for applications. Find here further information about the bursaries and to apply 

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