The feedback on this on-demand course is 98% positive.
Online (self-paced learning in your own time on our learning platform UKCEH LearnWorlds).
To give you a feel for what this online learning is like, we put together this video about our online learning platform, UKCEH LEarnWorlds. (external link to YouTube)
We also offer bespoke training courses at a time of your choice. From 6-20 learners. Please contact Dr. Ingo Schüder on 01491 69 2225 or 07395 845941 or UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk to explore further.
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Short Course Description
This online course will introduce you to Evidence Synthesis, Evidence Review, rapid Evidence Assessments and Systematic Reviews. It will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to carry out an Evidence Review Synthesis for an area of Natural Environment research of your personal interest. You will gain and improve skills in undertaking an evidence review – from inception and question formulation with clients, to undertaking a systematic search and data extraction, and reporting. We will also cover the nature and application of different synthesis methodologies within different evidence contexts, policy research, evidence synthesis, mapping and meta-analysis. The training involves a very practical mini-Quick Scoping Review (QSR), developing review questions and undertaking a review.
The self-paced on-demand training offers:
- 14 Sections
- 13 videos (approx. 5 hrs playing time)
- mini-QSR exercise
- Presentations for download
- Total learning time: 1 day
Beyond the Evidence Synthesis methodologies, we will cover aspects such as
- Interpreting science for application in setting policy and business goals
- Working across the natural-social science boundary
- Experience and understanding of working with multi-disciplinary teams and outputs
- Communicating across disciplines
- Interrogating large datasets and data mining
- Understanding the requirements of policymakers (science to policy).
- How to work with groups of experts to put reviews in a wider context
- The value of objective vs subjective analysis
Software & hardware requirements
You will need a laptop, desktop or tablet and access to the internet.
- You will have a better understanding of the principles of evidence review, identifying the distinction between traditional reviews and ERs
- You will gain skills in different methods for undertaking an evidence review
- You will acquire transferable skills in the field of environmental science
- You will learn how to set research questions
- You will learn how to apply transparent and systematic processes when reviewing evidence
- We will enable you to undertake ERs and understand the value for science-policy/business interfaces.
Beginner – you do not need any previous knowledge or skills on Evidence Synthesis
Who developed the course material?
Charlie Stratford, Wetland Hydrologist, UKCEH.
James Miller, UKCEH
Ingo Schüder, Business Development Manager (Training), UKCEH
- PhD students and Early Career Researchers with an interest in Environmental Sciences
- Researchers in industry
- Statutory organisations
- Environmental Consultants
- Nature Conservation - Voluntary sector
Previous learner feedback
“I liked the exercise on how to do an efficient search in Google Scholar best. Learning about how to search will considerably help to identify more detailed search returns.” (Kayley, student, Aug 2022)
“l liked the practical exercise and the discussion of it afterwards best, as it was very useful to try to use the skills that had been discussed in the video sessions and see how they can be applied to a real review topic.” (Learner feedback, Oct 2022)
“It was very engaging - the course presenter was great!” (Learner feedback April 22)
"The online course was easy to follow and allowed me to easily 'pick up and drop' over a number of days" (Learner feedback, Dec 2021)
“The presentations were engaging and I enjoyed seeing the clips from the live sessions” (Learner Feedback Sept 21)
"On-demand learning was helpful to be able to do the course from Australia. It also helped to be flexible with my work hours. I also appreciated that the examples were relevant to environmental management and policy space." (Learner feedback June 2021)
Relevant links and key publications
- Defra's Evidence Strategy
- The Production of Quick Scoping Reviews and Rapid Evidence Assessments A How-to Guide (Joint Water Evidence Group, April 2014)
Best use of emerging tools and techniques to help deliver high-quality evidence reviews (ER) more efficiently (Defra, 2016)
Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (part of Bangor University)