Society for Social Work and Research

Sixteenth Annual Conference Research That Makes A Difference: Advancing Practice and Shaping Public Policy
11-15 January 2012 I Grand Hyatt Washington I Washington, DC

178 Completing a Campbell Systematic Review

Sunday, January 15, 2012: 8:45 AM-10:30 AM
Franklin Square (Grand Hyatt Washington)
Cluster: Social Work Practice
Paul Montgomery, PhD, University of Oxford, Joanne Yaffe, PhD, University of Utah and David L. Albright, PhD, Florida State University
Systematic reviews are increasingly being used to inform policy decisions on criminal justice, education, health and social services. The Campbell Collaboration helps people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, and social welfare.

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.

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