Alberta Research Centre for Health EvidenceAlberta Research Centre for Health Evidence

Small Group Sessions

PEP Workshop November 23-25, 2015

Small Groups
Target Audience

Basic Systematic Reviews

This workshop will cover the basics of conducting a systematic review of interventions. Each session will focus on 1 or 2 of the steps involved in conducting a systematic review, including defining a focused clinical question using PICO (population, intervention, comparison, outcomes), searching for relevant literature, selecting studies that meet inclusion criteria, extracting data, assessing methodological quality or risk of bias, analyzing the data using meta-analysis, and reporting the results.

People who have used the results of systematic reviews to answer a clinical or policy question, but have no previous experience in conducting a systematic review or have not had formal training in systematic review methods.

Advanced Topics in Systematic Reviews

This workshop will cover a number of diverse topics relevant to systematic reviews. Each session will focus on a specific topic. Some of the topics being considered are: systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy; systematic reviews of prognostic studies; how to conduct and interpret a network analysis of multiple interventions; advanced statistical methods for systematic reviews of interventions; applying GRADE in the context of a systematic review; exploring sources of heterogeneity.

People who have experience conducting systematic reviews of interventions or other domains, but want more in depth training in more advanced aspects of systematic reviews.

Rapid Reviews

Rapid reviews have emerged as a streamlined approach to synthesizing evidence. Although there is growing use of rapid review ‘methods’, and proliferation of rapid review products, there is a dearth of published literature on rapid review methodology. This workshop outlines our experience with rapidly producing, publishing and disseminating evidence summaries. Our 8-step approach for producing evidence summaries has been developed iteratively, based on evidence (where available), experience, and knowledge user feedback. The aim of our evidence summary approach is to deliver quality evidence that is both timely and user-friendly.

People who want to develop expertise in conducting rapid reviews; policy analysts and other decision makers who want to use the results of rapid reviews to inform emergent and urgent decision making.

Knowledge Translation in Research Projects

Completing rigorous inquiry is challenging and recently additional expectations have been placed on researchers to put their research findings into action. Putting research findings of all types, quantitative, qualitative, systematic review, to work comes under the guise of several overlapping, often disciplinary and geographically influenced monikers. In this workshop participants will learn about the different terms in this field of putting research into action (e.g., knowledge translation, research implementation, research utilization, etc.) and what these terms mean for researchers. The differences between end-of-grant knowledge translation and integrated knowledge translation will also be discussed. Presented by an experienced knowledge translation researcher, this workshop will cover the important components in developing an effective knowledge translation plan for qualitative and quantitative research studies. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a detailed knowledge translation plan for a current or proposed research study.

The small group is open to participants from a range of disciplines, including graduate students, who are interested in developing an effective knowledge translation plan.