Introduction to MEC2IR: Guidance for Campbell Systematic Reviews

About the Webcast

Members of the Campbell Collaboration (C2) Methods Group participated in a webcast that described the general functions of the group and their role in the systematic review process. In addition, the webcast provided information about the newly adopted MEC2IR (Methodological Expectations of Campbell Collaboration Intervention Reviews) that provide guidance in how to conduct a C2 systematic review and how to report information from such a review. Presenters of the webcast include Dr. Terri Pigott, Dr. Joshua R. Polanin and Dr. Emily Tanner-Smith.

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      Podcast Timeline:

      00:00 - 01:32 Introduction

      01:32 - 05:45 C2 Methods Group Supports

      05:45 - 10:53 MEC2IR Description

      10:53 - 15:05 Expectations of C2 Editors

      15:05 - 26:00 Q & A

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About the Presenters

Photo of Terri Pigott

Terri Pigott, is Interim Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. She received her B.A in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, specializing in Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis. Her research interests center on topics in meta-analysis including power, missing data, individual participant meta-analysis, and outcome reporting bias. She currently serves as the Methods Editor for the Campbell Collaboration, and is a past Co-Chair of the Methods Group. She is also chair of the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group, Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

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Joshua R. Polanin, Ph.D., is an Institute of Education Science's Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University's Peabody Research Institute. Polanin completed his doctoral degree in Research Methodology from Loyola University in May 2013. He has extensive training in quantitative methodology, especially in meta-analysis, multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and causal inference analysis. While at Loyola University, Dr. Polanin was extensively involved in collecting and analyzing large scale, publicly available datasets for a meta-analytic project that investigated the impact of school resources on student achievement. His methodological research has recently focused on the use of statistical significance testing in meta-analysis and investigating the potential publication bias of grey literature. Polanin is the Managing Editor of the Campbell Collaboration's Methods Group, providing methodological expertise to potential Campbell Collaboration reviewers.

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Emily Tanner-Smith Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Peabody Research Institute and Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She is currently an Editor for the Methods Coordinating Group. Emily is a research methodologist with emphasis in program evaluation, research synthesis and meta-analysis methodologies, and behavioral intervention and treatment outcomes research. Her research broadly focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs aimed at improving the educational, health, and social well-being of children and youth, with particular emphasis on adolescent substance abuse and delinquency.