The Science of Research Synthesis: Limiting Bias and Error in Research Reviews
Workshop presenters will describe scientific principles and methods that guide the conduct of rigorous reviews of empirical research, along with empirical evidence for current guidelines and standards for systematic reviews. With an emphasis on the conceptual foundations of research synthesis, this workshop is appropriate for all SSWR attendees, regardless of previous exposure to systematic review methods or meta-analysis.
In this 4-hour workshop, participants will
- become familiar with evidence- and consensus-based standards for the conduct, reporting, and critical appraisal of research reviews;
- learn how to minimize bias and error in research reviews;
- learn where to obtain up-to-date information, guidelines, tools, and practical advice on research synthesis methods;
- identify local and global challenges and partnerships for research synthesis; and
- consider the potential uses of research synthesis to inform policy, practice, and further research.
Presenters will review decision models that show how information from research syntheses can be used, along with other information, to inform decisions at any level of practice. We will also consider the importance of research syntheses in identifying current gaps in knowledge and directions for new research.
Pedagogical methods in this workshop include lecture, discussion, small group exercise, software demonstration, and handouts.