Systematic Reviewing for Evidence-based Practice:
An Introductory Workshop

This workshop is designed for academic and policy-oriented researchers, as well as policymakers and practitioners who are interested in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, Anyone who is interested in learning about the purpose and rationale of systematic reviews and the role of systematic reviews in evidence-based practice, using the “gold standard” methods of the Campbell Collaboration, can benefit. These materials were developed from a live workshop session that took place on May 3, 2016.

Workshop Description

This 6-part (3.5 hr.) workshop 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
  • 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 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 for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR), funded by NIDILRR
  • The Campbell Collaboration is a voluntary, non-profit, international research network that promotes positive social and economic change through the production and use of systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis for evidence-based policy and practice. Established in 2000, the Collaboration was named in honor of Dr. Donald T. Campbell (1916-1996), an American social scientist noted for his contributions in research methods and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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