Evidence Aid Training Course 7-8 December 2015

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Steve WallerBack to work desk report of the training by Prof. Steve Waller from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Washington DC: As a professor of global health and a participant in a number of prior Cochrane Collaboration systematic reviews, I had limited expectations for the Evidence Aid course. Instead, the practical, hands-on style of the instruction and material created many new insights for me, and a more intimate appreciation for the subtlety of systematic review methodology. Working closely with my classmates on a number of key systematic review steps, using recent literature as our material, I learned much about the mindset and the emphasis necessary to conduct a substantial review. We learned team skills and the importance of many eyes, with different disciplines and skill sets, on the material. We learned to distill our thoughts into concise summary statements, to communicate effectively and not lose our message. Professor Clarke’s modest yet confident style, based on decades of intimate involvement with this arena, was a priceless adjunct to our learning process.

The Evidence Aid systematic review course is a gem in my toolkit now, and my participation in future systematic reviews will be greatly enhanced by my experiences in Dublin.

Course Outline

Building on his successful and popular 2-day courses on systematic reviews, Professor Mike Clarke  will run an Evidence Aid course, placing systematic reviews in the context of disasters and the provision of humanitarian aid, both medical and non-medical. The course provides learning and practical experience in a small group setting for many aspects of systematic reviewing. These include question formulation, setting the eligibility criteria, searching and critical appraisal of studies, data extraction, analysis, and reporting. Examples used to illustrate the key steps will be relevant to the humanitarian sector and participants should leave the course feeling much more comfortable about using reviews for decision making and confident about conducting a systematic review.


Professor Clarke has more than 25 years’ experience of the conduct and oversight of rigorous evaluations of the effects of health and social care, and other interventions, actions and strategies. He is the Director of the Northern Ireland Network for Trials Methodology Research and one of the founders of Evidence Aid. Prof Clarke has extensive experience of teaching 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.

Dates: Monday 7th December and Tuesday 8th December

Times: Monday 7th December: Arrive from 11.30 for a 12.00 start – 17.30 Tuesday 8th December: 09.00 – 16.00

Location: Centre for Global Health, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Cost: £150 per person for the two days including lunch and refreshments.


If you would like to attend the course, please e-mail Claire Allen with a short summary indicating why you would like to join the course, and what your background is. Claire will then issue you with an invoice.

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