Master the essentials of systematic reviews and meta-analyses

This hands-on training, with step-by-step instructions and a one-month fully-functional license for Stata software, will give you a high-level overview of how to confidently undertake a systematic literature review and meta-analysis.

If you’re commencing research in a particular field, then reading systematic literature reviews in that field – or doing one yourself if there aren’t any of relevance – is one of the best ways to identify the most pressing gaps in current knowledge in that field. This helps to ensure that any subsequent efforts you or others undertake in that field of research will be more likely to have high impact.

Systematic reviews with meta-analyses (including meta-regression) have become essential tools for researchers in diverse fields – from biology and medicine to social sciences, engineering and more. They enable researchers to combine the results from a number of different studies, thereby providing more definitive insights as to whether certain conditions have particular effects.

Systematic reviews, especially those with meta-analyses, often lead to highly cited research publications that can change practice or the direction of future research. Because of this, some research funding bodies have now started demanding prior systematic reviews / meta-analyses as a condition of awarding grants.

The training is led by Prof. Amanda Salis and Zübe Salis.

Amanda has produced 14 systematic literature reviews (8 of which contained meta-analyses), with 10 of these systematic reviews / meta-analyses being published to date.

Zübe is a computer engineer who has over 25 years of consulting and training experience, and 30 hours of formal training in meta-analytical techniques.

This training will equip you with a step-by-step overview of how to undertake a systematic literature review, including …

  • How to source the things you need to undertake a systematic literature review, including software and collaborators
  • How to ensure your systematic review process follows international best-practice guidelines
  • Mistakes to avoid so you can complete your systematic literature review as time-effectively as possible
  • How to determine if the data you find in your literature search is suitable – or not – for subsequent meta-analysis
  • Understand the meaning of all the essential elements of systematic reviews, so you can write the methods and results sections of your resultant review paper correctly and confidently
  • An understanding of the theoretical essentials of meta-analysis
  • Confidence and competency in uploading, arranging, and managing data sets for meta-analysis
  • Familiarity with simple meta-analysis functions in Stata, and the ability to run meta-analyses relevant to the research question at hand
  • An understanding of how to identify sources of heterogeneity in the data
  • Confidence in graphing, interpreting and reporting meta-analytical data for publication
  • Understanding of the meaning of all the essential elements of
    meta-analyses, so that you can write the methods and results sections of
    your paper correctly and confidently

Who is this training for?

Any researcher from any institution who wishes to conduct (or
supervise the conduct of) systematic reviews (with or without meta-analyses, including meta-regression) to advance their research.

This includes:
  • Honours students
  • Higher degree research students (e.g. Masters and PhD students)
  • Junior postdoctoral fellows
  • Senior researchers

Training prerequisite


What you need at the training

  • A computer with Stata software already installed on it. We will send
    registrants a Stata license key a week before the training, with clear
    instructions on how to download and install Stata on their computer. 
  • Your own data that you can analyze at the training. Sample data will also be provided.

Refunds and Cancellations

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