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Thu 7 Mar - Fri 8 Mar 2024
09:00 - 13:00

Venue: Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site

Provided by: Cambridge Research Methods


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Thu 7 Mar - Fri 8 Mar 2024


In this module students will be introduced to meta-analysis, a powerful statistical technique allowing researchers to synthesize the available evidence for a given research question using standardized (comparable) effect sizes across studies. The sessions teach students how to compute treatment effects, how to compute effect sizes based on correlational studies, how to address questions such as what is the association of bullying victimization with depression? The module will be useful for students who seek to draw statistical conclusions in a standardized manner from literature reviews they are conducting.

Target audience
  • Postgraduate students and staff
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
  • Students need a clear understanding of fundamental statistical concepts, bivariate association and linear regression
  • Students will also need to be familiar with using the statistical software R. If you are not familiar with using R, then we strongly recommend that you take the SSRMP module Introduction to R.

Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 7 Mar   09:00 - 13:00 09:00 - 13:00 Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Sara Valdebenito
2 Fri 8 Mar   09:00 - 13:00 09:00 - 13:00 Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Sara Valdebenito
Topics covered
  • Session 1: Introductory session (systematic reviews and meta-analysis) and Using Comprehensive Meta-analysis to calculate effect sizes, run meta-analysis (under fixed/random models) and produce forest plots
  • Session 2: Heterogeneity in effect sizes: Tau-squared, Tau and I-squared and Sub-group analysis and meta-regression
  • 1. To understand and judge the results produced by a meta-analysis
  • 2. To learn how to compute effects sizes based on dichotomous and continuous data
  • 3. To become familiar with heterogeneity tests
  • 4. To learn how to calculate and report subgroup analysis and meta-regression
System requirements

Excel, and R

NB. Software provision for this module is currently under review. Student licences can be purchased, here:

  • Borenstein, M. Hedges, L.V. Higins, J.P.T. & Rothstein, H.R. (2009) Introduction to Meta-Analysis. Chichester: Wiley
  • Lipsey,M.W.& Wilson,D.B. (2001). Practical Meta-Analysis. London:Sage
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