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Three day Systematic Review Workshop Quantitative and Qualitative approaches

Leuven, Belgium, June 4-6, 2012

Leuven, Belgium, June 4-6, 2012


The Belgian Campbell Group organizes a workshop designed to provide faculty, PhD, doctoral students, and other researchers in the area of Educational and Behavioral Sciences, Social Welfare and Healthcare sciences with the fundamental background and skills required to conduct a systematic review of research regarding treatments, interventions, therapies, instruction or experiences.

In between the sessions, participants will have the opportunity to closely interact with instructors and other participants, and to receive feedback on individual projects, questions and ideas.  Demonstration of relevant software is included in the course. Please note that the course material will be provided on a memory stick, kindly sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.  Paper for personal notes will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, however, this is not a prerequisite.

The course will be conducted in English. Participants who follow the quantitative part (day 1 and 2) should have a basic background in statistical concepts and research design (e.g., 1 course in each). While particular experience in meta-analysis is helpful, it is not a prerequisite for participating in this course event. Participants who subscribe for day 3 are expected to have a basic knowledge of qualitative research designs and methods.  They should be able to read and understand original research papers.


Trudy Bekkering is an epidemiologist, Phd and staff member of the Belgian Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Belgian Branch of the Cochrane Collaboration. She is a freelance reviewer and has extensive hands-on as well as teaching experience in the development of systematic reviews on a variety of topics. She currently runs a project for the Centre for Methodology of Educational Research on the adaptation of international practice guidelines (prevention, detection and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse in children and youngsters) to a local Belgian context.

Karin Hannes has a background in andragogics and medical-social sciences and is Doctor-Assistant, PhD at the Centre for Methodology of Educational Research in the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where she teaches research methodology to undergraduates.  Dr. Hannes has been teaching Evidence-Based Practice and Systematic Review courses in the public health and medical field for a decade and recently changed her focus to education.  She is a founder of the Belgian Campbell Group, co-convener of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Group, co-author of the Cochrane Handbook for systematic reviews of effectiveness and co-chair of the Campbell Process and Implementation Methods Group.  She specializes in qualitative evidence synthesis.

Janet Harris is a lecturer in Public Health at SCHARR in Sheffield University.  Janet has 30 years experience working as a health care provider and commissioner in Canada, the United States and England. She directed the Masters and DPhil programmes in Evidence Based Health Care at Oxford University and set up the Norwegian Masters in Evidence-Based Practice, before coming to Sheffield in October 2009 to direct the Masters in International Public Health Management and Leadership.  She is a co-convener of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group and, as a researcher, is active in the field of community building.

Wim Van den Noortgate is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He teaches methodological and statistical courses at this faculty and at the Faculty of Sciences, including a course on meta-analysis. Major research interests and publications are in the field of multilevel analysis and meta-analysis. Besides meta-analyses in the behavioural sciences, published work includes methodological papers on the use of multilevel models for meta-analyses.  He is one of the founders of the Belgian Campbell Group, and member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology.


Department of Education, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (nearby the railway station), Belgium
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