Training course: Bringing it all together to alleviate suffering and save lives, 26 June 2019, Oxford, UK

30 Nov course

Title: Bringing it all together to alleviate suffering and save lives: understanding how systematic reviews can strengthen humanitarian action

Date: 26 June 2019

Location: Green Templeton College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, UK OX2 6HG


Band A – £285 Individuals / Organisations (<£2m annual revenue)

Band B – £350 Organisations (≥£2m annual revenue)

Band C – £420 Statutory and commercial organisations

Course Outline: Amidst the death, devastation and injury of a disaster or other major crises, those providing humanitarian assistance need to be confident that they are using the best available evidence when making decisions and delivering their response. The affected people and communities deserve nothing less, but it is not always easy. The good news is that it can be made easier, more relevant and more reliable by following evidence-based practices that have become standard in more ordinary circumstances in rich countries. Systematic reviews, or evidence syntheses, are fundamental to this and this unique course from Evidence Aid provides a one-day introduction to these reviews. It will help people working at all levels in humanitarian action to understand how these reviews are done, allowing them to see how they can make best use of them.

The conduct and use of systematic reviews in the health sector stretches back over several decades and for the last 30 years, course tutor and one of the founders of Evidence Aid, Professor Mike Clarke has been doing, using and teaching about them. He will explain how bringing together evidence can support decision making in the context of disasters and the organisation of humanitarian aid – both in programming and in operational work. The course provides learning and practical experience in a small group setting, drawing on examples relevant to the humanitarian sector to illustrate key points. Participants have left previous courses feeling more comfortable about decision-making and their assessment of evidence, and more confident that they and their organisations will be better placed to use this evidence to alleviate suffering and save lives.

Background: Professor Clarke has 30 years’ experience of the conduct and oversight of rigorous evaluations of the effects of a wide variety of interventions, actions and strategies. He is the Director of the Northern Ireland Methodology Hub and Northern Ireland Clinical Trials Unit, a founder of Evidence Aid and now its Research Director. Mike teaches widely about systematic reviews, and established and continues to teach the Reviews module on the University of Oxford’s international MSc in Evidence Based Health Care. He is a leading proponent of the use of systematic reviews in decision-making, and has a strong interest in increasing the capacity for doing and using reviews.

Nia Roberts, Outreach Librarian based at the Knowledge Centre in the Bodleain Libraries, will join the course for sessions on searching for eligible materials.

Please note that the number of spaces on this course is limited for this course, and places will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis once payment has been received. We will also hold a wait list, should the course become full.

To apply: Please contact Jane Higgins (

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