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Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Deep Dive

Ended Jun 29, 2023
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Term: Summer 2023

Date: June 26th - June 29th, 2023

Time: 10am - 3pm with a 1 hour lunch break (12-1pm), each day

Location: Online Only

Instructor: Cozette Comer, Kiri DeBose, Frances McCarty, & Alison Bowers

Presented By: Evidence Synthesis Services, Research Collaboration and Engagement at the University Libraries; Statistical Applications and Innovations (SAIG); Social Ecology Lab at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability



Join us virtually on June 26 - 29, 10am - 3pm EST for the activity-based Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Deep Dive! During this 4-day workshop participants will become familiar with the major required steps of this methodology, practice relevant skills, and consider the many decisions necessary for a successful comprehensive review and synthesis. 

Instructors for this course include method and search experts at the Virginia Tech (VT) Libraries, a researcher who conducts qualitative systematic reviews with the Social Ecology Lab at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, and a VT statistician with experience helping researchers conduct meta-analyses in the context of educational and health-related research.

Participants are welcome to bring a systematic review and/or meta-analysis that they are pursuing (or plan to pursue) to work on throughout the session. However, it is not required that you have a project (existing, or in mind) to participate.

Audience: Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of the systematic review process as outlined by the sections on our library guide ( Affiliation with Virginia Tech is not required.

Time: This hands-on workshop will take place on June 26 - 29, 10am - 3pm EST with a 1 hour lunch break from 12 - 1pm. You must be able to attend the first three days (June 26, 27, and 28) to participate. The fourth day (June 29) is optional for those interested in learning about meta-analysis methods. 

Access: The event will be held online via zoom; a zoom link will be shared the week before the workshop via email.

Pre-workshop assignment: In the week before the workshop, you will be asked to review a brief (~20 minute) recording of introductory slides to the Systematic Review process, the current (2020) PRISMA ( checklist, and 1 - 2 systematic review article(s). We provide this preliminary information so you can familiarize yourself with this type of research and are able to get the most out of the activities and discussions.

Optional credit: Upon completion of the workshop, Virginia Tech affiliates will have the opportunity to apply these 12-16 hours toward PDN credit. 

If this event is of interest to you, but you are not familiar with the basics of systematic reviews or evidence synthesis, we encourage you to check out recordings from our Evidence Synthesis Basics Series on our Library Guide ( If you are interested in other kinds of support, such as classroom instruction or group/individual consultation, please reach out to us directly at

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, welcome! Please email at least 10 days prior to the event.