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Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Workshop

Sessoin 2: May 3 – 5, 2017
Lisbon, Portugal
DoubleTree by Hilton Lisbon – Fontana Park

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Statistics Course Objectives

The 2.5-day training institute on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis will enable participants 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

Course Syllabus

Brief Overview

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

1:30 – 1:45: Introductions

1:45 – 2:15: What is a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis? And what makes for an effective review?

2:15 – 2:30: Break

2:30 – 245: Setting up a review for success: Protocol and Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

245 – 315: Discussion with groups

315 – 415: Searching the literature

415 – 430: Break

430 – 500: Practice search

Thursday, May 4, 2017

900 – 930: Recap and group work

930 – 1030: Abstract and full-text screening

1030 – 1045: Break

1045 – 1130: Practice screening with group

1130 – 1230: Designing a codebook

1230 – 130: Lunch

130 – 230: Create a codebook and practice with group

230 – 245: Break

245 – 400: Calculating effect sizes

400 – 500: Introduction to R and basics of effect sizes in R and EXCEL

Friday, May 5, 2017

900 – 1000: Conducting a meta-analysis

1000 – 1045: Practice with group in R

1045 – 1100: Break

1115 – 1200: Detecting and explaining heterogeneity

1200 – 100: Lunch

100 – 130: Practice with group

130 – 300: Advances in meta-analysis (e.g., robust variance estimation, SEM)

300 – 315: Break

315 – 415: Publication bias and presenting the results

415 – 500: Consultation

Why Should You Attend?

  • Get 1 on 1 Consultation With Instructor
  • Professional Networking
  • Peer Socializing
  • Collaboration
  • All Course Resources
  • Breakfast (For Students Staying At Venue Hotel)
  • Lunch, and All-Day Tea/Coffee/Snack Service
  • After Class Networking Mixers

Statistical Methods Course Description

Overview: 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. As a result, published meta-analyses have increased exponentially over the past three decades (Williams, 2012).

Participants will gain all of 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. Participants will learn how to conduct meta-analysis using the free, open-source statistical software R. Instruction on how to enter data, calculate effect sizes, synthesize effect sizes, and run moderator analyses will be taught using this software. Finally, participant will learn how to evaluate and interpret published systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The culmination of the course will result in participants conducting a small systematic review and meta-analysis using their own research interests. In addition, Dr. Polanin will be available to consult on meta-analyses previously underway and provide insight into how best to publish and translate the results.

Instructor: Joshua Polanin

Joshua is a 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). Dr. Polanin was recently awarded a National Institutes of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative grant to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of the consequences of school violence. In the past, he has conducted 12 meta-analyses and has published the results in the Review of Educational Research, Pediatrics, and School Psychology Review. Dr. Polanin co-founded and serves as the Co-Program Chair of the Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Special Interest Group at AERA, is on the Editorial Board of the Review of Educational Research, and is the former Managing Editor of the Campbell Collaboration Methods Coordinating Group. He has taught numerous systematic review and meta-analysis workshops, most recently at the 2016 Society for Prevention Research Conference in San Francisco.

Josh Polanin Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Workshop