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Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Deep Dive

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Deep Dive

The Evidence Synthesis Services (ESS) team at the University Libraries is hosting a deep-dive into systematic review and meta-analysis methodology, during which participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the major required steps, practice relevant skills, and consider the many decisions necessary for a successful synthesis.

Audience: This session is open to anyone interested in gaining hands-on experience with the steps and skills required in a systematic review (and meta-analysis). Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of the general expectations and workflow of a systematic review, and be familiar with at least one relevant reporting guideline (e.g., PRISMA) as listed in the “pre-workshop assignment” below. Participants are welcome to bring a review that they are pursuing (or plan to pursue) to work on throughout the session. However, it is not required that you have a project in progress to participate.

*New This Year*: Based on feedback from our last deep dive, the first three days of this session will focus on key steps required in a systematic review - an optional fourth day has been added for those interested in meta-analyses.

Time: January 10 - 13, 2022; 10am - 3pm with a 1 hour lunch break from 12 - 1pm. You must be able to attend the first three days (January 10, 11, and 12) to participate. The fourth day (January 13) will be optional for those interested in learning about meta-analysis methods. 

Access: The event will be hybrid; upon registration, you will be asked to indicate whether you plan to attend online or in person - you can only choose one option. In person registrants will meet at the Newman Library in Blacksburg, room 101S. Those who choose to attend online will receive the zoom link via email prior to the event. 

Pre-workshop assignment: Before attending the workshop, you will be asked to review a brief (~6 minute) video, the current (2020) PRISMA checklist, and 1 - 2 systematic review(s) that will be used as examples throughout the workshop. More details about this assignment will be provided to registrants in the coming weeks. 

Optional credit: For participating in this event, you will have the opportunity to apply these 12-16 hours toward PDN credit. 

If this event is of interest to you, but you are not familiar with the basics of systematic reviews or evidence synthesis, we encourage you to check out recordings from our Evidence Synthesis Basics Series on our Library Guide (https://guides.lib.vt.edu/SystematicReviews/Help). If you are interested in other kinds of support, such as classroom instruction or team/individual consultation, please reach out to us directly at srconsultation-g@vt.edu


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email library-event-accessibility-g@vt.edu at least 10 business days prior to the event

Dates & Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm, Monday, January 10, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm, Tuesday, January 11, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm, Wednesday, January 12, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm, Thursday, January 13, 2022
Online, SCALE-UP Classroom (Newman 101S)
Blacksburg Campus
    Alumni       Beginners       Faculty/Staff       Graduate Students       Postdoc       Public       Undergraduates  
Registration has closed. (This event has to be booked as part of a series)

Event Contact

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Ginny Pannabecker

Assistant Dean and Director, Research Collaboration and Engagement


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Lisa Becksford

Head, Learning Design Initiatives

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Cozette Comer

Evidence Synthesis Services Coordinator