Led by Bob Bernard, members of this team (Phil Abrami, Richard Schmid, Evgueni Borokhovski, Anne Wade, and David Pickup) are involved in the production of systematic reviews of the impact of educational interventions.
A systematic review is a compilation and synthesis of research on a clearly formulated question that may address issues of educational theory, practice, policy or a combination of the three. If statistical methods are used to synthesize research, the review is generally referred to as a meta-analysis. Specifically, this team;
- focusses on the conduct of high quality and timely systematic reviews of research to address these questions, especially ones focusing on the effectiveness of interventions or “what works”;
- develops expertise in the methodology of systematic reviews and procedures for disseminating research evidence to scholars, policy-makers, practitioners and the general public in a timely, cost-effective, clear, and impactful manner;
- actively encourages links between researchers, the community, and the general public; and
- links to researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in aligned areas, such as the health sciences, to collaborate on a broader mission of using evidence to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.
Using methods that are objective, repeatable, transparent, systematic, comprehensive and integrative, team members identify, select and critically appraise relevant research for inclusion in each review, and collect and analyze data from the included research.