March 2021 Institute


Agenda for Day 1

All times in EDT

12:00pm – Welcome and introductions

12:30pm –Reproducibility, transparent methods, and pre-registration

Supplementary Material

1:00pm –

Exploring different review methodologies (Google Slides)

Supplementary Materials

Typology of Reviews 

Scoping studies: Advancing the methodology

Updating the PRISMA reporting guideline for systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Living systematic review: 1. Introduction—the why, what, when, and how

Zotero ES resource library

Review type decision tree

Systematic review example (pre-reading)

Scoping review example (pre-reading)

3ie evidence gap maps

Poll article 1

Poll article 2

1:30pm – Break

2:00pm – Evidence synthesis steps and librarians as co-investigators (Google Slides)

2:30pm Systematic review guidelines/checklists/reporting standards (Google Slides)

Supplementary materials

PRISMA Statement, Checklist, and Flow Diagram

APA Meta-Analysis Reporting Standards (MARS) 

RepOrting standards for Systematic Evidence Syntheses in environmental research (ROSES)

Methodological Expectations of Campbell Collaboration Intervention Reviews (MECCIR)

The EQUATOR Network



Evidence synthesis protocol template

Inclusive Systematic Review Registration Form


3:00pm – Break

3:30pm – The reference interview: how to have a conversation with a review team

3:45pm – Break

4:00pm –Introduction to protocols and protocol registration (Google Slides)

Supplementary Materials

Example protocol on OSF

Protocol registry links:

Evidence synthesis protocol template

4:45pm – Wrap up

Agenda for Day 2

All times in EDT

12:00pm – Formulating a research question (Google Slides)

12:30pm –

Frameworks and eligibility criteria (Google Slides)

Supplementary Material

JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis, Chapter 11.2.2

The well-built clinical question: A key to evidence-based decisions

Cooke A, Smith D, Booth A. Beyond PICO: the SPIDER tool for qualitative evidence synthesis. Qual Health Res. 2012 Oct;22(10):1435-43. PMID: 22829486.

Booth, A. (2006). Clear and present questions: Formulating questions for evidence based practice. Library Hi Tech, 24(3): 355-368.

Wildridge, V., & Bell, L. (2002). How CLIP became ECLIPSE: A mnemonic to assist in searching for health policy/management information. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 19(2):113-115


1:00pm – Break

1:15pm –

Selecting databases for evidence synthesis (Google Slides)

Supplementary Material

Haddaway NR, Collins AM, Coughlin D, Kirk S. The role of Google Scholar in evidence reviews and its applicability to grey literature searching. PloS one. 2015 Sep 17;10(9):e0138237.

This package contains a suite of functions to scrape search results from Google Scholar


1:30pm –Writing a search strategy (Google Slides)

2:30pm – Break

3:00pm –

Searching the Grey Literature (Google Slides)

Supplementary Materials

Grey Literature sources for agricultural topics

Grey Literature Reporter

Searching for studies: A guide to information retrieval for Campbell systematic reviews

Example of grey literature documentation

3:45pm – Citation management, article screening tools and documentation

Supplementary Materials

Zotero handout

Search documentation form

4:30pm – Writing the methods section (Google Slides)

Supplementary Materials


Example methods section:

Exercise article: Food waste matters – A systematic review of household food waste practices and their policy implications


Agenda for Day 3

All times in EDT

12:00 pm – Breakout sessions (Round 1)

12:45 pm – Break

1:00pm  Breakout sessions (Round 2)

1:45pm – Break

2:00pm – Breakout sessions (Round 3)

2:45pm – Break

3:00pm Breakout sessions (round 4)

  • Room 1: Psychology and Educational Psychology Reviews
  • Room 2: Reviews in Business and Management
  • Room 3: OSF protocol registration
  • Room 4: Peer review (PRESS etc)
  • Room 5: Evidence synthesis in Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Advising teams on data extraction and risk of bias assessment
  • Living Systematic Reviews


    Counotte, Michel Jacques (2020). Zika virus: causality, open science and risk of emerging infectious diseases. (Thesis). Universität Bern, Bern

    Living Systematic Review of Mental Health in COVID-19. The DEPRESSD Project: A Unique and Rigorous Data Platform for Depression Screening Research.

    Rethlefsen, M. L., Kirtley, S., Waffenschmidt, S., Ayala, A. P., Moher, D., Page, M. J., & Koffel, J. B. (2021). PRISMA-S: an extension to the PRISMA Statement for Reporting Literature Searches in Systematic Reviews. Syst Rev, 10(1), 39. doi:10.1186/s13643-020-01542-z

    What is a Living Systematic Review? Cochrane Gynaecological, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancers. Retrieved from

  • Psychology and Educational Psychology Systematic Reviews


    Campbell Collaboration. Retrieved from

    Ghezzi-Kopel, Kate, & Porciello, Jaron. (2020). Evidence synthesis protocol template. doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/ZWD6N

    PROSPERO. Retrieved from

    Topor, M., Pickering, J. S., Barbosa Mendes, A., Bishop, D. V. M., Büttner, F. C., Henderson, E. L., … Westwood, S. J. (2020, December 14). An integrative framework for planning and conducting Non-Interventional, Reproducible, and Open Systematic Reviews (NIRO-SR). doi: 10.31222/

    Van den Akker, O., Peters, G.Y., Bakker, C., Carlsson, R., Coles, N. A., Corker, K.S.,…Yeung, S. (2020). Inclusive Systematic Review Registration Form. doi: 10.31222/

3:45pm – Break

4:00pm – Answer questions from survey and wrap up









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