The aim of the workshop is to introduce a social work audience to basic knowledge and skills necessary to prepare these best evidence reviews. The workshop will provide participants an overview of the process of doing a systematic review from selecting a topic and coauthors for a new review to updating existing reviews, covering such issues as:
• How to prepare for a Campbell review; • Completing a title registration; • How to prepare a protocol; • What to expect from the protocol editorial and peer review process; • Publication of the protocol; • Moving on to conduct the systematic review; • The editorial and peer review process of the systematic review; • Publication of the review; and • Updating.
We will also provide additional discussion on:
• The quality of the evidence oftentimes encountered in social work related reviews (e.g., studies without randomization, non-experimental studies); • Approaches to controlling biases (in selection, information, and analysis); • How to assess bias in studies included in the review; and • Software available to assist in the completion of the review.
The content of the workshop will be delivered by a combination of discussion, handouts, and PowerPoint slides. Time will be allotted to question and answer/discussion, so participants are encouraged to bring questions from their own research.