Qualitative Evidence Synthesis Workshop (CLOSED SESSION)


Day 1: Overview of QES and formulating a review question

On Day 1, we will provide participants with an overview of qualitative evidence syntheses, including key QES types and methods, discuss the recent emergence and current uses of QES in global health policy making, and discuss how to develop a review questions for a QES.

Day 2: QES search strategies, screening and inclusion, and assessing methodological limitations

On Day 2, we will review search strategies, screening and inclusion processes, and methods for assessing methodological limitations. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which these steps in QES are both similar to, and contrast with, similar steps in quantitative reviews. 

Day 3: Extracting and synthesising findings, and applying the CERQual approach to QES findings

On Day 3, we will review methods for extracting data and synthesising findings in QES and will introduce participants to a new approach (CERQual) for systematically assessing the confidence in findings from a qualitative evidence synthesis.

The workshop is funded by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and therefore the participants will not have to pay any registration fee to attend. It will be hosted at a venue close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The event is co-hosted by the South African Medical Research Council, the University of Cape Town, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative. 


Sunday 10 September 2017 - 09:00 to Tuesday 12 September 2017 - 16:00




Other contributors:

Colvin C1, Swartz A1
1 Division for Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Target audience: 

Public health researchers, practitioners and decision makers who have a good understanding of evidence synthesis and/or qualitative research but who are new to qualitative evidence-synthesis methods.

Type of session: 

3-day workshop: Sunday, 10/09, 09:00-13:00 Monday, 11/09 - Tuesday 12/09, 09:00 - 16:00


The workshop aims to achieve the following: 1. To introduce participants to the principles of conducting and interpreting qualitative evidence syntheses. 2. To provide participants the opportunity to use some of the tools and methods for synthesising qualitative evidence with real-life examples. 3. To introduce participants to CERQual, a method for assessing confidence in individual findings in qualitative evidence syntheses (very similar to the GRADE approach for quantitative reviews).