An introduction to meta-analysis for the social sciences - Online
|NCRM, University of Southampton and Durham Research Methods Centre|
Professor Steve Higgins
03/06/2021 - 04/06/2021
Online run by the University of Southampton and University of Durham
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This course provides a conceptual introduction to meta-analysis (or quantitative synthesis) in the social sciences. The aim is to develop understanding and interpretation of the results from a meta-analysis and the ability to critique a report or publication which contains a meta-analysis. The course will provide an overview of different software that can be used to conduct a meta-analysis and the statistical principles involved, but please note this course does not provide training in conducting a meta-analysis using specific software. The focus is on understanding and critique of the approach.
The course covers:
By the end of the course participants will:
This course is aimed at Doctoral students and researchers in the social sciences looking for a basic introduction to the concepts and principles of meta-analysis.
What is a meta-analysis?
When should you undertake a quantitative synthesis?
What is an effect size?
Interpreting a forest plot
Understanding and interpreting heterogeneity
Fixed effect and random effects models
Challenges in meta-analysis
Calculating an effect size
Which results do you include in a meta-analysis
Assessing publication bias
Advanced techniques (e.g. network, Bayesian, IPD)
Software for meta-analysis
Preparatory Reading - to be advised
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for students registered at UK/EU University. • £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.
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Quality in Quantitative Research, Meta-analysis , Research synthesis , Quantitative methods
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