As innovative ways of analysing research findings continue to deepen, one way that has evolved is Systematic Review. It was in this vein that a training programme was organized for people interested in evidenced-based social policy.
Three major institutions, Campbell Collaboration of the United Kingdom, UK, The International Centre for Evaluation and Development, ICED and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research , ISSER jointly put together the three day training programme.
The venue of the programme was ISSER, University of Ghana and attended by 40 participants.
Facilitators of the workshop were: Dr Howard White, CEO Campbell Collaborations, Dr Denny John Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Campbell Collaborations, Dr Davie Ameyaw, CEO ICED and Dr Samuel Boakye, Vice President Research and Evaluation ICED.
At a brief ceremony to welcome participants and to kick-start the programme, Dr White expressed his joy to share great insights about Systematic Review which basically summarizes results from rigorous research studies.
On his part, Dr Ameyaw stressed the significance of Systematic Review which when applied would lead to policy choices for better decisions.
The first day started with Dr White tackling the importance of Systematic Review and taking participants through Campbell development quiz. Later there was Question setting session and systematic review case study.
Dr White continued the next day with introduction to mete-analysis and testing for heterogeneity.
Dr Denny also took part of the day and the next day to train participants on some exercises, Bias assessment and meta-regression as well as Interpreting and reporting results, technical reporting standards (Hugh Waddington).
In all participants were kept busy working on exercises and questions and did group work with each making presentation.
At the end of the training certificates were awarded to participants.