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Pre-conference workshops

Tuesday 3 March 2020: €70.00

Refreshments and lunch will be provided for all workshop attendees

Morning workshops 10am-1pm (choose one)

Workshop 1: Introduction to meta-analysis

Facilitator: Professor Valerie Smith

This half-day workshop offers an introduction to meta-analysis, a statistical procedure that combines data from multiple studies in a systematic review. Participants will gain experience in:

  • Extracting quantitative data from studies in a systematic review;
  • Preparing these data for meta-analysis;
  • Conducting a meta-analysis using Review Manager (RevMan) software;
  • Generating and interpreting the Forest Plot, a graphical display of the overall estimated results of outcomes;
  • Presenting the findings.

The workshop is suitable for researchers, clinicians, educators, graduate students and anyone interested in understanding and performing a meta-analysis in systematic reviews. The workshop will focus on the practical aspects of conducting a meta-analysis. An in-depth understanding of statistics is not required.

Professor Valerie Smith

Professor in Midwifery/ Director of Undergraduate

Prof Smith has over 10 years’ experience in conducting systematic reviews of varying types, and has been facilitating teaching and learning courses on systematic review methodology and conduct for the past seven years. She is a Senior Ireland and UK Cochrane Systematic Review trainer, and a member of the Steering Committee of Evidence Synthesis Ireland. She has published in excess of 30 systematic reviews, and continues to act as a mentor and guide for graduate research students, and others, in systematic review conduct.

 

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Workshop 2: Public and Patient Involvement in Research

Facilitators: Michael Foley and Sarah Bowman

Are you curious about advancing public or patient involvement in research? This workshop includes:  1) an overview of engaged research to guide researchers in engaging with and/or involving civic and civil society, industry and professionals, and members of the public in research; 2) a skills-based approach to identifying collaborators and choosing appropriate engagement and involvement methodologies; 3) a discussion on the ethics of public, patient involvement in research; and 4) ensuring your research activities are GDPR compliant.

Michael Foley

Research and Development Officer, Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability

Michael Foley is the Research and Development Officer with the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability. He is the Research Module Coordinator on the Masters in Mediation and Conflict Intervention in the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. Previously, Michael worked as a senior manager for Age & Opportunity and ran the National Disability Authority’s Research Library. With an MSc in Applied Social Research, Michael has a professional interest in PPI and research impact.

 

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Sarah Bowman

Director of the Health Research Board-Irish Research Council Ignite Programme

Sarah Bowman is Director of the Health Research Board-Irish Research Council Ignite Programme, which advances public and patient involvement in research.  Sarah has twenty years of experience as an engagement and impact specialist, assisting 1,200 communities. Sarah is co-author of the Engaged Research Report: Society & Higher Education Working Together to Address Grand Societal Challenges and co-creator of the Engaged Research Framework and Planning for Impact Framework with Campus Engage.  Sarah has managed a range of community engagement projects for public and private clients across research topics and sustainable development goals, in addition to training 600 researchers in public engagement and planning for impact.

 

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Afternoon workshops 2pm-5pm (choose one)

Workshop 1: Introduction to meta-synthesis

Facilitator: Professor Valerie Smith

This half-day workshop offers an introduction to qualitative meta-synthesis, a systematic approach to synthesising (combining) data from multiple qualitative studies. Participants will gain experience in:

  • Exploring and understanding the various methods used (thematic synthesis, ‘best-fit’ framework synthesis and meta-ethnography) for synthesising qualitative data;
  • Extracting data from qualitative studies in preparation for synthesis;
  • Synthesising these data;
  • Presenting the findings.

The workshop is suitable for researchers, clinicians, educators, graduate students and anyone interested in understanding and performing a meta-synthesis in a systematic review of qualitative studies. The workshop will focus on the practical aspects of conducting a meta-synthesis.

Professor Valerie Smith

Professor in Midwifery/ Director of Undergraduate

Prof Smith has over 10 years’ experience in conducting systematic reviews of varying types, and has been facilitating teaching and learning courses on systematic review methodology and conduct for the past seven years. She is a Senior Ireland and UK Cochrane Systematic Review trainer, and a member of the Steering Committee of Evidence Synthesis Ireland. She has published in excess of 30 systematic reviews, and continues to act as a mentor and guide for graduate research students, and others, in systematic review conduct.

 

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Workshop 2: Proposal writing

Facilitators: Michael Foley and Sarah Bowman

Would you like to improve your proposal writing for competitive funding calls? This workshop includes: 1) guidance on preparing a high-quality research proposal in a changing research landscape; 2) the key components of a well-crafted proposal; and 3) best practices for writing a lay summary, shaping an impact statement, and developing your knowledge exchange plans.

Michael Foley

Research and Development Officer, Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability

Michael Foley is the Research and Development Officer with the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability. He is the Research Module Coordinator on the Masters in Mediation and Conflict Intervention in the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. Previously, Michael worked as a senior manager for Age & Opportunity and ran the National Disability Authority’s Research Library. With an MSc in Applied Social Research, Michael has a professional interest in PPI and research impact.

 

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Sarah Bowman

Director of the Health Research Board-Irish Research Council Ignite Programme

Sarah Bowman is Director of the Health Research Board-Irish Research Council Ignite Programme, which advances public and patient involvement in research.  Sarah has twenty years of experience as an engagement and impact specialist, assisting 1,200 communities. Sarah is co-author of the Engaged Research Report: Society & Higher Education Working Together to Address Grand Societal Challenges and co-creator of the Engaged Research Framework and Planning for Impact Framework with Campus Engage.  Sarah has managed a range of community engagement projects for public and private clients across research topics and sustainable development goals, in addition to training 600 researchers in public engagement and planning for impact.

 

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