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.  What is the best appraisal tool for a qualitative systematic review?

    Posted Mar 18, 2024 03:47 PM

    Hi all,

    I was preparing some materials about appraising systematic reviews using Amstar 2 for methodological quality or ROBIS for risk of bias, and was struck by how hard it would be to use these tools to appraise qualitative systematic reviews. Is there a tool specifically meant for use in appraising qualitative / mixed methods SRs?



    Anna Ferri, MLIS, MEd
    pronouns: she/her(s)
    Assistant Professor | Evidence Synthesis Librarian
    Colorado State University Libraries
    P: 970-491-1146 | anna.ferri@colostate.edu
    1201 Center Avenue Mall | Fort Collins, CO 80523

  • 2.  RE: What is the best appraisal tool for a qualitative systematic review?

    Posted Mar 18, 2024 04:08 PM

    Hi Anna,


    Great timing with this question, as I just learned about this a couple hours ago in a course I'm taking on mixed methods systematic reviews! There is a Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool (MMAT) that was designed by researchers at McGill University. More background on the tool may be found on the MMAT Wiki.  


    However, it may be most effective to apply tools that are more specific to the individual methods being used. GRADE-CERQual is a tool for assessing evidence from reviews of qualitative research, and could be used in conjunction with GRADE for the quantitative portions.  





    Carrie A. Cullen, MLIS, AHIP [she, her, hers]

    Research Librarian for Physical Sciences

    UC Irvine | 243 Science Library
    cacullen@uci.edu | 949.824.2490

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