An introduction to research synthesis and systematic reviews in the humanitarian context (Oxford, UK)


Course Outline

Building on Evidence Aid’s successful and popular courses on systematic reviews in a wide variety of settings, Dr Philip Davies will run this one-day Evidence Aid course on research synthesis and (especially) systematic reviews of existing evidence in the context of disasters and the provision of humanitarian aid.

The course will provide learning and practical experience in a small group setting for many aspects of research synthesis and systematic review methods. These include question formulation and eligibility criteria, searching for eligible material, data extraction, analysis, and reporting. Examples relevant to the humanitarian sector will be used to illustrate key points and participants should leave the course feeling more comfortable about using evidence from systematic reviews and other types of research synthesis to help them with decision making.


Dr Davies has extensive experience of undertaking systematic reviews of evidence and other types of research synthesis, and of getting review evidence into policy and practice. From 2012-2015 Dr Davies was Head of the London office of 3ie, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, and was responsible for for 3ie’s Systematic Reviews and Research Synthesis programme. He has worked in academia (University of Oxford, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), the civil service (UK Cabinet Office and HM Treasury), and the private research and evaluation sector (American Institutes for Research and Oxford Evidentia). Philip also has substantive knowledge and expertise in health and health care, education, social welfare, crime and justice, and international development.

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

About Evidence Aid

Evidence Aid, a registered charity, has championed the evidence-based approach in humanitarian action since 2004. Evidence Aid is co-located with the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine within the University of Oxford.

Who is this Course for?

This course is aimed at academics, volunteers and humanitarian agency staff.

Date: 23 June 2017.

Times: 09.00-17:00.

Location: Meeting Room 3, 1st Floor, Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX1 6GG.

Cost: £225 per person for the course including lunch and refreshments.

How to Apply

If you would like to attend the course, please e-mail Claire Allen, Claire will then issue you with an invoice and your place will be confirmed once payment has been received.

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