An introduction to evidence-based interventions in emergency and humanitarian contexts: A systematic reviews approach. Training workshop hosted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Washington D.C., USA

Mike Clarke presenting

Presentations: We are grateful to the speakers for their presentations which are now available online as follows: Mike Clarke – Evidence Summaries; Luis Gabriel Cuervo – Sharing insights; Elizabeth Alvarez, Daniel Felipe Patino and Michael Wilson – Finding and using evidence to inform health system responses for disaster relief; Michelle Malloy – Searching for the best evidence (even under limitations); and Irene Jillson – There’s another point of view: Use of mixed methods and other types of research as evidence – Role of consumers in research.

About: Professor Mike Clarke will coordinate this 1-day course organized by Evidence Aid and PAHO/WHO, building on the success of previous courses on systematic reviews in a wide variety of settings. The day will focus on building the research capacities of professionals working in the context of humanitarian emergencies and disasters, around the world including the PAHO/WHO member states.

Course schedule: The course will provide learning and practical experience in key aspects of reviewing, such as: question formulation and eligibility, searching, data extraction, analysis and reporting. A portion of the day will focus upon translating evidence into implementation by policymakers and stakeholders, coordinated via a live broadcast with the Health Disaster Co-ordinator Regional Meeting taking place in Bogota, Colombia. Examples relevant to the humanitarian sector will be used to illustrate key areas that can be addressed and participants should leave the course feeling more comfortable about embarking upon systematic reviews and more confident in using reviews for decision making. The course will be comprised of discussion, small group work and lectures and is aimed at academics, volunteers and others in the humanitarian or disaster risk reduction sectors. It is free to attend, with lunch and refreshments provided.

Course FacultyMike Clarke is a founder of Evidence Aid, with over 25 years’ experience of rigorous evaluations of a variety of interventions, actions and strategies. He teaches widely, and leads the Reviews module on the MSc in Evidence Based Health Care at the University of Oxford. He will be supported by Elizabeth Alvarez and Michael Wilson of McMaster University, Daniel Felipe Patiño of the University of Antioquia, Michelle Malloy of the Library of Congress, Tracey Koehlmoos of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and Irene Jillson of Georgetown University. Additional support will be provided by the Pan American Health Organization’s departments of Health Emergencies (PHE) and Knowledge Management, Bioethics and Research (KBR).

Course organizers: Evidence Aid is a UK-registered charity (no.1163111) that champions the evidence-based approach in humanitarian action and runs regular training on systematic reviews. This course, prepared in collaboration with PAHO/WHO, Georgetown University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, is the first of its kind to be run in the region.

Venue, date and applications: To be held at Pan American Health Organization Headquarters, 525 Twenty-third Street, Washington, DC 20037. Starting time 09.00, closing at 18.15 on 16 November 2016. Limited spaces available; if you would like to be considered for attendance, e-mail Claire Allen,, with your contact details and host organization.

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