Qualitative Evidence Synthesis - An Introduction


Bio: "Prof. King Costa is Executive Dean at the G-CAR- South Valley University campus in South Africa and Managing Director of Global Centre for Academic Research, also known as G-CAR. He is an Associate Research Professor at AMADI University College in Swaziland, where his role is focussed teaching on a pedagogy he developed, the C.O.S.T.A. Research Coaching and Supervision Model. He is also supervising MBA Research at MANCOSA (Management College of Southern Africa). King Costa is a member of the Scientific Committee for the World Conference on Qualitative Research, a premier yearly international conference on qualitative and mixed methods research. The World Conference on Qualitative Research attracts scholars across the globe from different disciplines and industries (https://wcqr.info/committees/). Prof. King Costa is a Management Scientist, registered with the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists. He is a Full Member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA). He is also a member of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). King is continually doing some post-doctoral CPD programmes via online platforms, and currently has a Certificate in Research Methods from Harvard Medical School, Certificate in Introduction to Systematic Reviews from John Hopkins University, Certificate in Improving Global Health : Focussing on Quality and Safety from HarvardX, Certificate in Research Ethics endorsed by the Global Health Network and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He also obtained a Certificate of Completion in Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioural Research from the Society of Behavioural Medicine. He also has a Certificate in Knowledge synthesis: Systematic Reviews and Clinical Decision Making provided via University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre. King Costa has further completed training on Essential Elements of Ethics from the Global Health Network in association with Multi-regional Clinical Trials, The MRCT Centre of BRIGHAM and WOMEN's HOSPITAL and HAVARD. He is also a certified ETDP Practitioner (Assessor) and a Constituent Assessor for the Service SETA on Generic Management Qualification 59201. Dr Costa is also a Certified Peer Reviewer from the Publons Academy – a division of the Web of Science Group. He has practiced as a leadership and management consultant with over 20 years’ experience in Human Capital consulting and Organizational Development. He has worked with many organizations within the public, private and non-governmental sectors in both South Africa and different African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. He specializes in helping and enabling professionals within the HR, Healthcare, and Enterprise Development fields to understand their area of maximum contribution and maximize contribution and organizational returns. He is a change agent and employee engagement specialist – helping organizations unlock value in people and teams while at the same time enhancing a productivity-centric culture. He is also a learning and development specialist, a conference keynote speaker, a motivational speaker, a facilitator, and an author."

Professor Lloyed Leach, University of the Western Cape

The outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted research methods just as it had to all other sectors of education across the globe. Many institutions and organisations; including researchers sought to find ways to deal with research while observing the requirement for remote interactions. While many options have been implemented; the use of systematic reviews; and in particular; Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (QES) have not been explored. QES; as a research method; offers a high level of evidence through the synthesis of primary qualitative studies; using established and endorsed critical appraisal methods such as PRISMA Workflow charts or COREQ; CASP (the latter is commonly used in QES); and many more that are suitable based on the nature of the study design. The other beneficial quality of QES is the ability to preserve research; use and embellish primary research and provide formidable networks between researchers. This workshop provides an introduction to this approach.