The International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) in partnership with Campbell Collaboration and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana-Legon are organizing a two-day  training workshop title “Systematic reviews and meta-analyses.”

The training workshop will be held at ISSER, University of Ghana-Legon from 27-28th July, 2017.These institutions are committed to promoting the demand and use of evaluation by national governments, researchers, policy makers, and academia, to inform and shape policy–processes, development, and practice.

The training is offered for people interested in understanding how evidence can be synthesised and used to inform policy and decision making. The evidence for making policy, programme and practice decisions is best based on careful analyses and syntheses of multiple studies.


The goal of the training workshop is to equip the participants with relevant knowledge and skills for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Course Methodology:

The workshop will employ the use of lectures, discussion, group and computer exercises. Participants should bring their own laptops.

Course Contents:

This training workshop presents the scientific principles, methods, analysis, and reporting standards that guide the process of conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis in social sciences and natural sciences. Topics to be covered include:

  • Principles and methods of research synthesis
  • Common sources of bias and errors in research reviews
  • Steps in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Strategies for minimizing bias
  • Reporting standards and guidelines for systematic reviews
  • Problem formulation, and developing review questions in the African context
  • Uses and misuses of research synthesis to inform policy, practice and further research
  • Registering titles and protocols, and conducting reviews with the Campbell Collaboration

Target Audience:

Researchers, government ministry representatives, civil society representatives, academics, as well as a select number of Master and post-graduate students in Social and Natural Sciences.


Dr. Ekwaro Obuku (Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation at Makerere University, Uganda), and Laurenz Langer (Africa Centre for Evidence at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Expected Outcomes:

At the end of the 2-day programme, participants will:

  • Have deepened their knowledge of the core substance and processes related to steps in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
  • Have had a first-hand exposure to good practices in the area of research synthesis
  • Have gained knowledge and skills on systematic reviews and meta-analysis in context


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