Cochrane and related training events – Summer 2019

Are you looking to improve your skills in systematic reviewing, or in a related area? Here are the latest training opportunities for Summer 2019! Follow the links for more details…

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Camperdown, Sydney, Australia
When: 10-12 July 2019

This three-day workshop, organised by Cochrane Australia, is designed for authors of intervention reviews who wish to follow Cochrane methods. The workshop provides authors with a comprehensive overview of the methods required to write a protocol and get started on a review. The workshop is suitable for people with little or no experience in systematic reviews who have identified a topic and are either already working on, or are about to start working on a review.

Using the GRADE approach to summarise evidence for policy and practice
Where: Camperdown, Sydney, Australia
When: 11 July 2019

This one-day course, organised by Cochrane Australia, is designed for systematic review authors and others involved in evidence syntheses. It covers the main principles of the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) approach and provides practical guidance on using the methods to summarise evidence for policy and practice. GRADE has become the gold standard approach for summarising findings in systematic reviews and rating the certainty of a body of evidence. Recommended for use in Cochrane reviews and NHMRC-approved guidelines, GRADE provides a transparent method for making the complex decisions required to draw conclusions about the certainty of evidence. This workshop provides participants with practical skills required to start using the GRADE approach in a systematic review or guideline. The course assumes some familiarity with systematic review methods, in particular the assessment of risk of bias and the interpretation of effect estimates.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Melaka, Malaysia
When: 24-26 July 2019

This workshop, organised by Cochrane Malaysia, provides an introductory overview of all aspects of systematic reviewing in health. It is aimed at health professionals, academics and policy makers with an understanding of health and related research. The format of the workshop includes interactive lectures, group discussions and practical exercises.

Developing a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Penang, Malaysia
When: 6-8 August 2019

This workshop, organised by Cochrane Malaysia, is for individuals that are in the process of, or are considering authoring a Cochrane systematic review. It is most suited to authors who already have registered a title, but authors who have not yet identified a title will also benefit from the course and will be given assistance to develop a title. The workshop is conducted by internationally recognised Cochrane Trainers. This course aims to cover what is needed to complete a Cochrane protocol for an intervention review. It begins with an introduction to Cochrane and a brief overview of the format of a Cochrane systematic review. Over the 3-day workshop a mixture of presentations and a small group activities is used as well as hands-on computer sessions. This workshop also covers formulating clinical questions, locating studies, appraising risk of bias and the basics of meta-analysis needed to write the methods section of a protocol.

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Where: Brisbane, Australia
When: 21-23 August 2019

This three-day workshop, organised by Cochrane Australia, is designed for authors of intervention reviews who wish to follow Cochrane methods. The workshop provides authors with a comprehensive overview of the methods required to write a protocol and get started on a review. The workshop is suitable for people with little or no experience in systematic reviews who have identified a topic and are either already working on or are about to start working on a review.

Introduction to systematic reviews of health interventions
Where: Melbourne, Australia
When: 29-30 August 2019

This short course, organised by Cochrane Australia, gives a detailed introduction to the methods involved in conducting a systematic review of an intervention, and enables participants to plan and commence a review of their own. The course takes a step-by-step approach to the tasks and methods involved in conducting a systematic review to answer a question about the effects of a health-related intervention, from a simple drug treatment to a complex public health or health systems intervention.

Identifying evidence for NICE economic submissions
Where: York, UK
When: 5 September 2019

Health economics evidence is a key element in much health services research and particularly in health technology assessments. Identifying economic evidence to inform such research can involve searches in a range of databases and using a variety of strategies. This study day, organised by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), will include a ‘jargon buster’ session on the basics of health economics and economic models. It will also feature presentations about key economics information resources including the CEA Registry, and explorations of options for searching to identify data for economic models. With the closure of key economic evaluation databases (NHS EED and HEED) there will be a focus on how to identify economic evaluations from major bibliographic databases. There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.

Literature searching
Where: Krems, Austria
When: 9 September 2019

In this workshop, organised by the Department of Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology in cooperation with Cochrane Austria, participants will be introduced to a theoretical approach to literature search. Through practical examples, different searching methods in various databases will be tested and evaluated. This workshop focuses mostly on searching for evidence-based literature (systematic reviews, guidelines, etc.) and is for everyone wanting a foundation in searching for medical literature.

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis of intervention studies
Where: Utrect, The Netherlands
When: 11-12 September 2019

This two-day workshop, organised by Cochrane Netherlands, is directed to people who are preparing a (Cochrane) review of interventions or people who wish to learn more about this type of review and how to meta-analyse the results of RCTs.

Understanding and critiquing health economics models
Where: York, UK
When: 17 September 2019

This training day, organised by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), aims to provide the participant with a sufficient grounding to effectively critique and validate models. The training day will be particularly useful to those people who commission health economic models, or use models to help make decisions. As well as discussing the strengths and uses of economic modelling, the training day will also explore the limitations and constraints of different approaches and will explore a number of commonly-observed errors in models. Please note that this training day has not been designed to teach delegates how to build models; instead, the course is aimed at those who will review or depend on models built by other researchers.

Meta-analysis of individual participant data (IPD) from intervention studies
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands
When: 18-19 September 2019

This two-day workshop, organised by Cochrane Netherlands, is targeted at people who wish to know more about when and how to perform meta-analysis with Individual Participant Data (IPD) and how to assess the validity thereof. The course is directed to review authors, statisticians, healthcare workers, clinicians, researchers, guideline developers and policy makers, who wish to know more about the benefits and challenges of meta-analyses with IPD and how to perform such meta-analyses.

GRADE: from medical studies to guidelines
Where: Krems, Austria
When: 24-25 September 2019

In this workshop, organised by the Department of Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology in cooperation with Cochrane Austria, participants will be introduced to the first principles of the GRADE system (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) for quality assessment of studies and the strength of recommendation (Grading the evidence). As a tool, they will use the specially-developed software GRADEpro GDT.

Advanced search techniques for systematic reviews, HTA and guidelines
Where: York, UK
When: 24 September 2019

Extensive literature searches are the foundation of high quality systematic reviews, health technology assessment (HTA), guideline development and other major projects. Conducting searches to retrieve research evidence from databases and other resources requires a range of knowledge and skills. There are constant challenges to keeping up-to-date with new database features and approaches to achieving efficient searches. Search approaches may need to be adapted depending on the end-product which the search is informing and the resources available. Search approaches increasingly need to be explained to sponsors and other end-users in terms of the extent to which they are fit-for-purpose. This workshop, organised by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), will provide opportunities to learn new techniques, to discuss best approaches, to share insights and to assess variations in current best practice. The workshop will be facilitated by information specialists experienced in literature searching to inform systematic reviews and HTAs and in conducting research into the evidence base for information retrieval. Participants are encouraged to suggest topics / issues in advance for discussion during the workshop.

Advanced search strategy design for complex topics
Where: York, UK
When: 25 September 2019

This training event will address the challenges of developing search strategies to capture complex topics in large bibliographic databases using different conceptual combinations and search techniques. The training event will also introduce textual analytic and text mining techniques to demonstrate their potential for strategy design and testing. Participants will undertake exercises using open source visualisation tools to investigate terms within sets of records, in order to explore the value of text mining tools in their own future search strategy design.

Software to support the systematic review process
Where: York, UK
When: 26 September 2019

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about special-purpose software tools currently available to support systematic reviews and to share experiences of using software in practice. The workshop will examine and provide hands-on with both commercial and not-for-profit systematic review management packages (including Covidence, DistillerSR and EPPI-Reviewer), as well as a range of free and commercial tools to tackle single tasks within the systematic review process (such as Rayyan, RobotReviewer and SWIFT-Review).