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Introduction to Mixed Methods Synthesis

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Workshop will introduce approaches, tools and methodologies for mixed methods systematic reviews and syntheses

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Pre-requisite

Participants will be expected to have conducted a systematic review of quantitative research, and to have knowledge of the methods for qualitative evidence synthesis.

Background

In addition to understanding “what works” policy makers and practitioners often need to understand how something works, the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention, how best to implement it or whether there are unintended consequences. They may also want to understand how people value particular outcomes, or why differences in impact are seen. Qualitative evidence can often speak to these issues. Bringing together the insights from both quantitative and qualitative evidence can enhance the completeness, relevance or interpretation of the evidence base.

There are a number of ways in which quantitative and qualitative evidence can inform each other and a range of approaches and methods for mixed methods synthesis depending on the questions being asked and the data available which will be explore in this workshop.

Aim

To introduce approaches, tools and methodologies for mixed methods systematic reviews and syntheses.

The objective of this workshop is to provide an overview of:

• Approaches, tools and methodologies for mixed methods systematic reviews and syntheses.

• When mixed methods design might be appropriate and appropriate designs.

• How to formulate mixed methods review questions

• Approaches to searching, study selection, data extraction and critical appraisal.

To provide hands on exercises relevant to mixed methods systematic reviews and syntheses.

Learning outcomes

In this course participants will be enabled to:

• Develop appropriate questions for mixed methods systematic reviews

• Consider appropriate approaches and tools for addressing these questions.

• Be aware of the implications for searching, quality appraisal and synthesis of mixed methods systematic reviews.

Teaching strategies

The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, small group work and plenary discussion. The number of participants for the course is limited to 30.

Course content/timetable

DAY 1 (13:00 - 16:30)

  • Introductions and outline of the course (Plenary)
  • Introduction to Mixed Methods (why use it and what it is / is not) (Lecture & whole group feedback)
  • When and how can you integrate? (Lecture & whole group feedback)
  • Formulating MM Questions and Writing your Protocol (Lecture)
  • Question Formulation Exercise (Break out groups)
  • Search Sources and Strategies (Lecture)
  • Study Selection (Lecture)
  • Exercise (Breakout groups)

DAY 2 (09:30 - 13:00)

  • Quality Appraisal using separate and combined tools (Lecture)
  • QA Exercise (Breakout groups)
  • Approaches to MM synthesis (Lecture)
  • Exercises using different methods (Break out groups)
  • Methodologies for MM reviews and syntheses (Lecture)
  • MM clinic (Plenary)

Facilitators

Prof. Ruth Garside, Associate Professor in Evidence Synthesis, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter.


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