Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Seminar

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Workshop London England

An intermediate 3-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 (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.

London Stats Camp: October 18 – 20, 2019
Hilton Paddington London

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Seminar Venue: Hilton Paddington London
146 Praed Street, London, W2 1EE, United Kingdom
Maps and Directions
TEL: +44-207-850-0500 FAX: +44-207-850-0600

Book your room online individually on the dates required and at best available rates online. No group code is required.


Hilton Website

Heathrow is the closest transit and there is a Heathrow Express train that goes from the airport to the Paddington station which is where the Hilton is located.

Lunch and drinks including coffee, tea, and water will be provided daily. 

Question? Please contact us for more info or visit our FAQ page.

Seminar fee includes all materials, downloads, software access, training, refreshments and access to a recorded video of seminar:
$1,095 Faculty/Professional or
$945 Student/Post-Doc

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Topics Include

  • 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

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.


Friday October 18, 2019
9:00-9:30 Welcome and introductions
9:30-12:00 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

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-5:00 1. Conducting a comprehensive search of the literature

2. Practicing a search

3. Abstract and full-text screening

Saturday October 19, 2019
9:00-10:45 1. Designing a codebook
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 1. 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 R

2. Synthesizing effect sizes in R

Sunday October 20, 2019
9:00-10:45 1. Detecting and explaining heterogeneity
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 1. Publication bias

2. 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 presentations

2. Final thoughts

Instructor: Joshua R. Polanin Ph.D.

Joshua R. Polanin, Ph.D. is a principal researcher in the Research & Evaluation program at American Institutes for Research (AIR). He is the project director of the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Science’s (IES) What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Statistics, Website, and Training (SWAT) contract, which provides the Institute with support across all aspects of the WWC. In addition, Dr. Polanin is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on four meta-analysis related grants. He leads two National Institute of Justice-funded systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the impacts of school violence. He also leads an IES-funded meta-analysis on the effects of college aid programs, and he is a co-PI of an IES-funded training grant on the application of systematic review and meta-analysis. Through these experiences, Dr. Polanin has lead or co-lead 14 peer-reviewed, published meta-analyses. Dr. Polanin serves on the editorial board of two journals, helped to found the American Education Research Association’s Special Interest Group on systematic review and meta-analysis, and recently won the Emerging Researcher award from the University of California Berkeley’s Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in Social Science. Dr. Polanin holds a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago and completed an IES Postdoctoral Fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Software and Computer Support

Participants need to bring a laptop computer with Wi-Fi 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.

Instruction will be provided for the methods using the most current version of R. R is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux environments and can be downloaded for free here: . To facilitate the use of R, we will use the R Studio environment, which is also available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and available here:

Note: We will also make use of Excel to do various systematic review and/or meta-analysis processes.

Seminar Files

Links to seminar files for those who enrolled in the seminar will be emailed on the first day of the seminar. Please download these files onto your computer. The files are password protected to respect the intellectual property rights of the instructors. By using your login information, you agree not to share your login information or the content protected by it.
Seminar files and downloads will be emailed 24 – 48hrs prior to the first day of class.

Seminar Certificate

Upon completion of the seminar you may request an official Stats Camp print-ready PDF certificate.  Please contact us here to request a digital copy.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Get 1 on 1 Consultation With Instructor
  • Professional Networking
  • Peer Socializing
  • Collaboration
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