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Archive for ESQUIRE Methods Workshop on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (Sept 2009)



*  The second ESQUIRE Methods Workshop on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis is being held at the Edge, Sheffield (ESQUIRE10) from Tuesday 7 September 2010-Thursday 9 September 2010 in Sheffield, UK. * 

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This is a site to support the Evidence Synthesis of QUalItative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE) Methods Workshop on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis [Co-ordinated by the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group]

ESQUIRE09 15th-17th September 2009


Overview of the course:

This course was designed to provide participants with a state-of-the art perspective on the methodology of qualitative systematic reviews (qualitative evidence syntheses). It focused on methods featured in the guidance of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group but also incorporates a broader perspective on available methods of qualitative synthesis.


The Course was delivered for:

  • Qualitative Researchers who want to learn how to synthesise qualitative research
  • Systematic Reviewers who want to learn how to translate synthesis methods to qualitative data
  • PhD Students in topic areas that will require substantive review of qualitative research
  • New researchers who want to develop evidence synthesis/systematic review
  • Qualitative systematic reviewers who want to update and extend their skills and knowledge


Expected outcomes of this Programme:

By the end of this programme participants were able to:

  1. Describe the main methods of evidence synthesis in terms of their strengths and weaknesses
  2. Rehearse the stages of the systematic review process, specifically in relation to the methodological challenges associated with synthesis of qualitative evidence
  3. Distinguish between aggregative and interpretive approaches to qualitative evidence synthesis
  4. Identify circumstances under which framework analysis or grounded theory-based approaches to synthesis are most appropriate
  5. Describe the requirements for presenting data and disseminating the findings of qualitative evidence syntheses, both as standard-alone reviews and when integrating with the outputs of quantitative systematic reviews.


Overview of content:

The course followed the main steps of the systematic review process as it applies, and is adapted to, qualitative evidence syntheses. The Programme Faculty took participants through the stages of defining and exploring scope, conducting the literature searches, quality assessing studies for inclusion, synthesising data and writing up and presenting the product of the synthesis. The emphasis was those aspects of methods that either relate specifically to qualitative evidence synthesis or that need to be translated or adapted in order to meet new methodological challenges. Participants were provided with an overview of current methods of qualitative evidence synthesis together with practical experience of key stages in the review process.


Pre course requirements

No formal experience was required. A working knowledge of standard systematic review methods was an advantage – alternatively participants found it helpful to read Systematic Reviews: CRD’s guidance for undertaking reviews in health care (http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/systematic_reviews_book.htmprior to the course. A background in qualitative research methodologies was advantageous but is not essential .



The Workshop was held in Halifax Conference Centre, Sheffield


Overview of Course Structure:

Day One

13:00 p.m. – 16:30 p.m. - Introduction and Overview plus Focusing the Question and Searching


Day Two

09:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m - Data Extraction and Quality Assessment

13:30 p.m. – 16:30 p.m. - Analysis and Synthesis


Day Three

09:30 a.m. – 13:00 p.m - Data Presentation, Integration and Dissemination plus Summary of Workshop, Discussion and Questions


13:00 Depart


Day One – Tuesday 15th September 13:00 p.m. – 16:30 p.m. Overview, Focusing the Question and Searching 


13:00 Introduction and Overview

Mr Andrew Booth 


13:30 Focusing the Question

Mr Andrew Booth 


14:15 Searching – The Basics (Sources & Strategies)

Ms Angie Rees

Draft Guidance on Literature Searching

Beginners Exercise


15:30 Searching – Filters & Supplementary Methods

Ms Angie Rees

Advanced Exercise


Day Two - Wednesday 16th September 2009 09:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Data Extraction and Quality Assessment


09:30 a.m. Challenges of Data Extraction

Dr Myfanwy Lloyd-Jones


09:50 a.m. Data Extraction Practical

Dr Myfanwy Lloyd-Jones

Data Extraction Form


11:15 a.m. Quality Assessment - Practical

Mr Andrew Booth & Dr Myfanwy Lloyd-Jones


13:30 p.m. – 16:30 p.m. Analysis and Synthesis

13:30 Challenges of Synthesis: Case Study of Contraception Review

Professor Jane Noyes


14:45 Synthesis Practical 

Dr Chris Carroll

Framework Approach

Thematic Synthesis Approach


Day Three – 09:30 a.m. – 13:00 p.m. Data Presentation, Integration and Dissemination


09:30 Data Presentation

Mr Andrew Booth


10:00 Integrating Your Data Practical

Mr Andrew Booth 

Synthesising Qualitative & Quantitative Data

Integration Exercise


10:45 Writing Up and Dissemination

Mr Andrew Booth 


11:30 Methodological Challenges

Mr Andrew Booth & Professor Jane Noyes 


12:20 Summary of Workshop, Discussion and Questions

Mr Andrew Booth & Professor Jane Noyes


12:45 The Way Forward – Taking Your Interest Further 

Professor Jane Noyes



Further Information




Email: Andrew Booth




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