Methods for Research Synthesis (MRS)

Principal Investigator: Professor David Gough

The Methods for Research Synthesis (MRS) Programme developed methods for synthesising the results of all types of research and applies these methods to substantive review topics across the social sciences.

Methods include statistical meta analysis of quantitative data, conceptual synthesis of qualitative research findings, combining quantitative and qualitative research and the analysis of non-research data, such as patient information leaflets (Methods for Systematic Information Synthesis).

MRS developed rigorous, explicit, accountable and transparent methods across the whole range of research questions and for all types of evidence and apply these methods to substantive review topics. Most methods development has been on synthesis of numerical data (such as statistical meta analysis) and synthesis of qualitative data (such as meta ethnography.) In order to help develop a broader range of fit-for-purpose methods of synthesis MRS developed a framework to describe the full range of questions asked by social science research.

The MRS Programme was based at the EPPI-Centre, which is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London.

For further information please see MRS website.