An introduction to systematic reviews in the humanitarian context: Oxford, United Kingdom

Course Outline

Building on his successful and popular courses on systematic reviews in a wide variety of settings, Professor Mike Clarke will run this one-day Evidence Aid course to place systematic reviews in the context of disasters and the provision of humanitarian aid.

The course will provide learning and practical experience in a small group setting for many aspects of systematic reviewing. These include question formulation and eligibility criteria, searching for eligible material, data extraction, analysis, and reporting. Examples relevant to the humanitarian sector will be used to illustrate key points and participants should leave the course feeling more comfortable about embarking on their own systematic review and when using reviews for decision making.

Background to Speakers

Professor Clarke has more than 25 years’ experience of the conduct and oversight of rigorous evaluations of the effects of a wide variety of interventions, actions and strategies. He is the Director of the Northern Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research and one of the founders of Evidence Aid. Mike has extensive experience of teaching about systematic reviews, and established and continues to teach the Reviews module on the University of Oxford’s international MSc in Evidence Based Health Care. He is a leading proponent of the use of systematic reviews in decision making, and has a strong interest in increasing the capacity for doing and using reviews.

Nia Roberts, Outreach Librarian based at the Knowledge Centre in the Bodleain Libraries will join the course for sessions on searching for eligible materials.

About Evidence Aid

Evidence Aid, a registered charity, has championed the evidence-based approach in humanitarian action since 2004. Evidence Aid is co-located with the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine within the University of Oxford.

Who is this Course for?

  • This course is aimed at academics, volunteers and agencies.
  • Date: 30th November 2016.
  • Times: 10.00-16:00 (to be confirmed).
  • Location: Meeting Room 1, Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX1 6GG.
  • Cost: £225 per person for the course including lunch and refreshments.

How to Apply

If you would like to attend the course, please e-mail Claire Allen,, with a short summary indicating why you would like to join the course, and what your background is. Claire will then issue you with an invoice and your place will be confirmed once payment has been received.