Evidence Synthesis Methods Interest Group

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Charge: To promote and develop competencies around evidence synthesis including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, and other related methods of research synthesis, through activities such as: Facilitating discussion and peer-support; Creating and managing a resource page; Encouraging programming and publications around systematic reviews through ACRL.
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  • 1.  New evidence synthesis work plan

    Posted Sep 12, 2023 10:00 AM

    (Apologies for cross-posting)

    Hello colleagues,

    I'm writing as chair of the Evidence Synthesis Working Group at Brock University to share a document which may be useful to others: our newly updated evidence synthesis work plan. (You should be able to download the doc at that link)

    We use this when supporting researchers at our Tier 2 extended consultation level of support and find it very useful to guide and collaborate with them through steps including:

    • Finetuning a research question
    • Searching for existing ES reviews on their topic
    • Listing target articles and mining them for development of a preliminary search strategy
    • Selecting inclusion and exclusion criteria
    • Developing a final search strategy

    I typically ask researchers (who are often grad students) to complete Parts 1 and 2 before our first meeting, and then provide in-depth guidance for the subsequent elements of the work plan as we continue to meet.

    You'll see it has a CC-BY-SA-NC Creative Commons licence, so please feel to reuse and adapt.

    A big thank you to:

    • Alix Hayden and Zahra Premji for making their wonderful Mining seed papers and search development template openly available – we have modified it for inclusion in our workplan
    • To the authors of these great papers for publishing them open access, so we could use them as models for completing a scoping review or systematic review workplan:

    This work plan had its origins in a similar document which used to exist on the University of Ottawa Health Sciences Library website – I had adapted that document many years ago, but can no longer find the original to give it a credit. (Happy to provide attribution if someone can point me to the right spot)

    Kind regards,

    Elizabeth



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    Elizabeth Yates
    Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian
    James A. Gibson Library, Brock University
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  • 2.  RE: New evidence synthesis work plan

    Posted Sep 12, 2023 10:41 AM
    This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing!





  • 3.  RE: New evidence synthesis work plan

    Posted Sep 12, 2023 02:43 PM

    Thank you - you are very welcome!



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    Elizabeth Yates
    Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian
    James A. Gibson Library, Brock University
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