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.
This evidence review course online 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 online 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.
|Duration||2 sessions (4 hours in total)|
|Date||Tue, 9 Jun 2020 (12pm - 2pm) &
Thu, 11 Jun 2020 (12pm - 2pm)
|Venue||Online via a live video link|
|Cost||$445 (GST free)|
Who is this course for?
This evidence review course online 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.
About the presenters
Dr. George Argyrous is the Research and Evaluation Manager at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) and was formally 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, and the macroeconomics of government spending. George has facilitated a number of research methods, statistics and evaluation training courses for public sector agencies, including the Australian Broadcasting Authority, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
This evidence review course online 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.
This evidence review course online has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
In-house training solutions
This evidence course online can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
Need more information?
- For course related enquiries and future dates email us or call +61 (02) 9514 7884.
- For enquiries regarding enrolments or payment email us here or call +61 (02) 9514 2913.
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