Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice: diversity, design and debate
This course will enable you to plan and appraise systematic reviews on complex topics. On successful completion you will be familiar with the purposes, designs, and strengths and weaknesses of different systematic review approaches and have a critical appreciation of evidence-informed policy and practice. This course provides participants with critical and technical skills essential for organisations working in the field of evidence-informed policy and practice.
The course will:
◾introduce you to the core principles underlying all systematic approaches to reviewing research, and the ways in which systematic reviews vary – from different purposes and research questions, through to methods for synthesising and presenting both quantitative and qualitative data
◾support you to try out and reflect upon various review stages, including formulating a review question and inclusion criteria, systematic searching and screening, critical appraisal of reports, and planning review design and management
◾enable you to consider the contexts in which reviews are produced and used, and gain more general insights into research methodology and knowledge production