Evidence Review Course (Online)
This evidence review course online will give you the skills to focus, find, and pull together research evidence. The main context will be for public policy decision-making, but the skills will have general appeal to anyone who needs to make sense of what past research means for future action.
This evidence review course online will help you focus on the research question that you want to answer. Using your past research evidence, you will learn a number of tools to help identify the relevant evidence, and to make sense of what you found in terms of quality and how you can pull it together to inform your decision-making.
Many decisions, especially in public policy and program delivery, need to be evidence-based or evidence-informed. In many instances this involves learning from the existing body of evidence and synthesising to extract important lessons. With the volume of material available, this can be a daunting process. This evidence review course online will guide you through the key steps involved in doing this: focusing your research question; finding the evidence; judging its quality; and drawing it together in effective ways.
|Duration||2 sessions (4 hours in total)|
|Time||1:00 PM - 3:00 PM|
|Venue||Online via a live video link|
|Cost||$445 (GST free)|
This evidence review course will be delivered through an interactive live video link where you will have the opportunity to engage with the presenter and other participants. You will be able to bring your ‘live’ research questions you are working on to this online course and work through it during the delivery. This online course will cover the following sequence of topics:
- Framing and focussing your research question.
- Finding relevant evidence using online databases and other tools.
- Documenting your search strategy.
- Organising what you have found.
- Judging the quality of evidence using evidence hierarchies and evidence assessment tools.
- Synthesising evidence and presenting it for effective decision-making.
This online course will combine presentations, including tips and tricks, from the course presenter, interactive discussions with other participants, and the ‘live’ application of the skills to research problems.
In this evidence review course you will gain the skills to effectively draw on research and evidence in your decision-making. In particular, you will:
- Focus your search by articulating clear research questions.
- Use a variety of search strategies and tools.
- Find a range of evidence including peer reviewed research, gray literature, and consultants reports.
- Organize your evidence in a coherent form.
- Understand and apply principles of research quality to help make sense of the evidence.
- Understand the options for synthesising and presenting the review of your evidence.
This evidence review course will be facilitated through an interactive live video link. Registered participants will be able to connect to the video link using Zoom (available free) and a reliable internet connection is required. Video connection details will be made available to each participant prior to the course via Canvas, the UTS Learning Management System (LMS). Course materials, presentations and/or readings will also be made available to participants within Canvas LMS.
Who is this course for?
This evidence review course will benefit anyone who has to draw on research evidence to inform their decision-making. While the focus is on public sector decision-making, the skills can be applied in a variety of contexts. Some groups who will find this evidence review course online especially useful are:
- Professionals designing public policy and programs.
- Research and evaluation officers.
- Researchers in higher education or in think tanks.
In-house training solutions
This evidence course can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
About the presenter
Dr. George Argyrous is the Research and Education Manager at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG).
George was formerly ANZSOG Senior Lecturer in Evident-Based Decision Making and director of the Evidence and Evaluation Hub. He is an expert in the application of statistics and research methods to social, economic and evaluation research. George has worked with many public and private organisations, providing research and evaluation services, as well as building evaluation capability. He worked with central agencies including the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Commonwealth Department of Finance to develop whole-of-government frameworks to improve the use of evaluation, as well as writing national evaluation frameworks in major policy areas such as disaster recovery and countering violent extremism.
This evidence review course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
What others have said about this course
I already recommended this Evidence Course and have three others doing another course next week...with me (returning student)! - Moni. C
This evidence course was EXACTLY what I was looking for - a clear, plain-language explanation of how to assess evidence in order to make decisions. The presenter was an excellent instructor - his content, pace and participant engagement were all high quality. I very much appreciate the useful templates and links he shared - as well as his practical experience. Thank you to the presenter and UTS! - Anne. C
Good refresher, with lots of new tips that can be added to the process. - Georgia. K
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