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LIVE STREAM – 4-day Statistics Short Course

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Seminar Overview:

An intermediate 4-day course introducing and practicing the concepts of systematic reviewing and conducting a meta-analysis using R.

Systematic review and meta-analysis are techniques used to synthesize and summarize large bodies of research literature. Compared to results from a single primary study, results from a meta-analysis provide greater generalizability, increased precision, and the ability to explore heterogeneity across studies.

You will use the latest techniques and technical tools to conduct a high-quality systematic review and meta-analysis. You will learn hands-on, practical, and applied approaches to conducting reviews by combining lectures with practice material designed to enable you to conduct future meta-analyses.

Seminar Topics:

  • Understanding the purpose and goals of systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Conducting a systematic, comprehensive literature search and screening
  • Extracting information from primary studies efficiently and reliably
  • Calculating effect sizes and variances
  • Performing a synthesis and moderator analyses using R
  • Disseminating the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis

Seminar Description:

Systematic review and meta-analysis are techniques used to synthesize and summarize large bodies of research literature. Compared to results from a single primary study, results from a meta-analysis provide greater generalizability, increased precision, and the ability to explore heterogeneity across studies (Borenstein, Hedges, Higgins, & Rothstein, 2010; Pigott, 2012). Meta-analysis has proven useful for policy makers and practitioners because the findings offer answers to ambiguous questions and synthesize large bodies of literature.
During this camp, participants will gain all the tools necessary to conduct a high quality systematic review and meta-analysis. Although these procedures can be found in numerous textbooks, the latest techniques and technical tools often require nuanced and sophisticated applications of numerous online tools and applications. This course will focus on the hands-on, practical, and applied approach to conducting reviews by combining lectures with practice material designed to enable participants to conduct future meta-analyses.

Instructor: Joshua R. Polanin, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist at Development Services Group, Inc., a social science research firm that specializes in program evaluation, systematic reviews, and technical assistance. Dr. Polanin is the Senior Methodologist on the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse Reviews, Reporting, Dissemination,and Development (R2D2) contract, and Senior Statistician for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

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APA Continuing Education Credits:

This course offers 16 hours of Continuing Education Credits. Yhat Enterprises, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Yhat Enterprises, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Seminar Includes:

Materials, downloads, recorded course video viewable for up to one year.

Learning Objectives:

After engaging in course lectures and discussions as well as completing the hands-on practice activities with real data, participants will be able to:

  • To understand the concept of and the practical purposes of a systematic review and meta-analysis
  • To learn the practice of systematic review and meta-analysis by conducting hands-on activities
  • To present the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis to a broad audience
  • To evaluate and critique published systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • To develop skills to conduct meta-analysis in the statistical software R

Participants will learn the skills necessary to conduct a small systematic review and meta-analysis as well as the theoretical knowledge required to provide critical assessment of published reviews.

Seminar Prerequisites:

This seminar has no prerequisites.

Software and Computer Support:

Participants need a laptop computer with Wi-Fi and webcam capabilities.

All statistical software used at Stats Camp will be available, free to participants, on our SMORS (statistical modeling on remote servers) system for the duration of camp.

Day 1
9:00 – 10:00 Welcome and introductions
10:00 – 12:30 1. What is a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis? And what makes for an effective review?2. Setting up a review for success: Protocol and inclusion/exclusion criteria
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30-4:30 1. Conducting a comprehensive search of the literature2. Practicing a search
4:30 – 5:00 Individual consultations
Day 2
9:00-10:45 1. Abstract and full-text screening2. Designing a codebook
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 1. Designing a codebook (continued)2. Calculating effect sizes
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:00 1. Calculating effect sizes
3:00-3:15 Snack and refreshment break
3:15-5:00 1. Introduction to R2. Synthesizing effect sizes in R
Day 3
9:00-10:45 1. Detecting and explaining heterogeneity
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 1. Publication bias2. Disseminating results
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:00 1. Doing a real-world meta-analysis using published results
3:00-3:15 Snack and refreshment break
3:15-5:00 1. Group presentations2. Final thoughts

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