Capacity building in conducting systematic reviews


Workshop session 4: Thursday, 11:00-12:30

Workshop category: 

  • Improving conduct and reporting of syntheses (including teaching and learning)


Date and Location


Thursday 14 September 2017 - 11:00 to 12:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Sandy Oliver
Tamara Lotfi
Elie Akl
Fadi El-Jardali
Lama Bou-Karroum
Racha Fadlallah
Andrea Darzi
Nour Hemadi


Pullin A1
1 Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, United Kingdom
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Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



The Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI) aims to build capacity in multidisciplinary evidence synthesis production and use in LMICs to impact practice and policy.
The EPPI-Centre, at UCL, is a specialist centre for:developing methods for systematic reviewing and synthesis of research evidence; and for developing methods for the study of the use research.

To learn about the multi-level research capacity building framework;
To have the participants share their experiences and challenges in building capacity in conducting systematic reviews;
To have the participants plan their future activities to build capacity in conducting systematic reviews following the proposed framework

Description: Introductory session: (20 min) Differentiate between the levels of capacity building: individual; team capacity; institutional capacity;
Challenges from non-health fields when building capacity in conducting systematic reviews: (15 min)
SPARK’s experience in building capacity in conducting systematic reviews in health policy and systems research
The Environmental Evidence Collaboration’s experience in conducting systematic reviews in the environmental field
Small groups for hands-on: (55 min)
-Ask the groups to think about challenges they faced when building capacity in conducting systematic reviews;
-Use the framework to plan capacity building activities in conducting systematic reviews that the participants can apply at the different levels.