Courses & seminarsSeminars & events
Seminars and events




London Systematic Reviews and Research Use Seminars

These seminars aim to encourage discussion and information-sharing for those in the London area (though visitors welcome too) on methods issues in systematic reviews and the study of evidence use. Presentations will last for about 25-30 minutes to allow time for discussion.


UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, unless otherwise stated.


12.30pm to 13.45pm on some 3rd Tuesdays of the month (see current list of seminars below).

Contact to be added or removed from the mailing list.


Improving the conduct and reporting of narrative synthesis of quantitative data: Rationale and update of the ICONS-Quant project

Date: Tuesday 21 November
Speaker: Hilary Thompson, University of Glasgow
Location: Room 675 (6th floor), UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

In many systematic reviews quantitative data are synthesised narratively: we estimate that narrative synthesis (NS) is used in 20% of Cochrane reviews. However, a key criticism of NS is that the method lacks transparency, and is open to subjective assessments of evidence: issues which are contrary to the underpinning principles of systematic review and which hinder assessment of rigour and potential bias in reviews using NS. Despite important methodological work to improve the reliability and utility of statistical synthesis, and synthesis of qualitative data, these methodological efforts appear to have largely overlooked NS of quantitative data.  

In this seminar, findings from recent work examining the adequacy of reporting and conduct of narrative synthesis will be presented. These data were used to inform a two year project (Improving the Conduct and reporting Of Narrative Synthesis of Quantitative data (ICONS-Quant)), which is being funded by Cochrane. The aims of ICONS are:

  1. To establish current practice in reporting of NS of quantitative data; and
  2. To develop resources to improve the implementation of NS of quantitative data.  

In addition to providing an overview of the ICONS project, the seminar will end with a discussion about the proposed reporting items which might be used to improve the transparency of NS and which will be included in a forthcoming Delphi exercise.

Preferences for evidence when introducing and diffusing innovations in health care: a discrete choice experiment

Date: Tuesday 19 December
Speaker: Steve Morris, UCL

Title to be announced

Date: TBA
Speaker: Gavin Stewart, University of Newcastle


Click here to see previous events

Copyright 2016 Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education :: Privacy Statement :: Terms Of Use :: Site Map :: Login
About::Projects::Publications::Research Use::Courses & seminars::Resources::Databases::Blog