Tips of the Trade: Developing High Quality Research Syntheses

About the Workshop:

Research synthesis is a practical approach to aggregate qualitative research data. It can also be applied when data from a review of studies are not appropriate for meta-analysis. This workshop shares specific methods for synthesizing research and analyzing results in the disability and rehabilitation context using a reliable, documented, and consistent process. The archived files were developed from a previous interactive, in-person workshop.

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify different types of research synthesis approaches.
  • Code group and single subject design studies for data extraction.
  • Evaluate the methodological quality of individual group and single subject design studies.
  • Extract, calculate, and interpret the basic effect size metrics for group and single subject design study outcomes.

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About the Presenters:

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Chad Nye, PhD, is a former Executive Director of the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities and Professor at University of Central Florida, College of Health and Public Affairs. Dr. Nye has over 20 years of experience in the area of meta-analysis and systematic review of intervention evidence in the area of disability. He has more than 10 publications of meta-analyses of speech and language interventions with adults and children. He was a Campbell Collaboration/Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, working in the area of systematic review of education and healthcare issues for children (2001-2002) and in 1995, he fulfilled a Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship in Jordan. In 2010, he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Dr. Nye has served as a collaborator on international research and education projects in Great Britain, Belgium, Greece, and Germany.

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Oliver Wendt, PhD, is Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration's Disability Subgroup and is an Assistant Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Special Education at Purdue University. He teaches graduate courses on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), autism spectrum disorders, clinical research, evidence-based practice, and single-subject research methods. Dr. Wendt has published a variety of experimental studies, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses on AAC interventions in autism, in addition to a major textbook on assistive technology, Assistive Technology: Principles and Applications for Communication Disorders and Special Education (Emerald Publishing). He also serves as Chief Science Officer for SPEAK MODalities, an AAC software company creating evidence-based AAC solutions for speech and language therapy in autism and developmental disabilities.