Systematic Reviewing for Evidence-based Practice:
An Introductory Workshop

NIDILRR grantees, including staff members and upper-level graduate students, have an opportunity to learn the basics of conducting a high-quality systematic review, using the “gold standard” methods of the Campbell Collaboration (C2). This two-day interactive workshop will take place on May 3 - 4, 2016 from 9 AM - 4 PM each day in the Potomac Room of the Hilton Alexandria Old Town (the venue of the 38th Annual NARRTC Conference, May 5-6). NOTE: The workshop will be recorded with the intent to develop an on-line version some time after the live event.

  • When: May 3-4, 2016 (9 AM - 4 PM each day)
  • Where: Hilton Alexandria Old Town (Potomac Rm., 2nd Fl.), 1767 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
  • How to enroll: Registration has closed (Apr. 17), however, if you work with a NIDILRR-funded project and you are very interested in participating, please contact Joann Starks.
  • Requirements: Participants should bring their personal laptops to the workshop

Workshop Description

This 2-day workshop includes lectures and small group work, and covers the entire systematic review process. Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to –

  • Identify and structure a systematic review topic
  • Describe the steps for conducting a comprehensive literature search and gathering relevant studies
  • Develop a coding protocol for extracting relevant information from included studies
  • Describe basic meta-analysis techniques for synthesizing statistical findings from included studies
  • Have a working knowledge of the tools and resources available for conducting a Campbell systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Be informed consumers of systematic reviews and meta-analyses


Photo of Michael Borenstein, PhD Michael Borenstein, PhD, Director, BioStat
Dr. Borenstein is the author (with Larry Hedges, Julian Higgins, and Hannah Rothstein) of Introduction to Meta-Analysis (Wiley, 2009) and of the software Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (Biostat, 2005). He has lectured on meta-analysis at numerous universities and hospitals around the world, and has presented workshops on meta-analysis at the NIH, CDC, and the FDA. He served as the PI on a series of grants funded by NIH to develop software, techniques, and educational tools for meta-analysis. He is a founding member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methods, and has served on its board. Dr. Borenstein was the 2014 recipient of the Campbell Collaboration’s Frederick Mosteller award.

Photo of Emily Tanner-Smith, PhD Emily Tanner-Smith, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Tanner-Smith conducts evaluation research and meta-analysis projects to examine the social epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of adolescent substance abuse. She has extensive expertise managing large-scale systematic review and meta-analysis projects focusing on the social epidemiology of adolescent health behaviors as well as the comparative effectiveness of treatments for adolescent substance abuse. Dr. Tanner-Smith is a Methods Editor for Campbell Systematic Reviews, and a Statistical Editor for the journal Systematic Reviews. Her recent research appears in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Research Synthesis Methods, and Review of Educational Research.

Workshop Co-Sponsors

  • AIR's Center on Knowledge Translation (KT) for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR), funded by NIDILRR
  • AIR's Center on KT for Employment Research (KTER Center), funded by NIDILRR
  • NARRTC Research Committee (prior to May 5-6, 38th Annual Conference)
  • The Campbell Collaboration conducts systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in the field of education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development. This workshop is designed for academic and policy-oriented researchers who are interested in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as well as policymakers and practitioners interested in learning about the purpose and rationale of systematic reviews and the role of systematic reviews in evidence-based practice.

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