Face to face
Wallingford nr. Oxford


from £199


1 Feb 2023

The interactive online course on 15 February 2022 had 98% positive feedback.


1 February 2023

9:30 am - 5 pm


Wallingford nr. Oxford

Future online course in spring/summer 2023 to be confirmed. other locations subject to demand.

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We now also offer Evidence Synthesis -on demand - a self-paced course with immediate access (from £149)


Students: £199

Professionals: £249

Save £50! The early bird discount is available until 30 November 2022, then £50 more. Sign-up closes on 25 January 2023.

Short course description

This one-day in-person course will introduce you to Evidence Synthesis, Evidence Review, Systematic Reviews and Rapid Evidence Assessment. 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 involved hands-on group exercises doing a mini-Quick Scoping Review, developing review questions and undertaking a review.  

The training has two elements.

  1. Upfront online learning in your own time (theory, max ½ day) – FREE -  included in the price
  2. A one-day interactive, fully-facilitated in-person training course 

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. 

Learning outcomes

  • You will have a better understanding of the principles of the 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.


A maximum of 20 per event to ensure a quality learning experience


Beginner – you do not need any previous knowledge or skills on Evidence Synthesis

Course leaders

Charlie Stratford, Wetland Hydrologist, UKCEH.

James Miller, UKCEH

Other trainers

Ingo Schüder, Business Development Manager (Training), UKCEH

Target audience

  • PhD students and Early Career Researchers with an interest in Environmental Sciences
  • Researchers in industry
  • Statutory organisations
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Nature Conservation - Voluntary sector

Course delivery

The course includes two short pre-course videos which we will make available online. This will include some theory of ES. It will be essential that you look at this material in your own time.

Training will be interactive and focus on skills development to provide the learners with insights into the value of ERs and how to conduct an ER. We will tailor courses so that attendees can apply these skills to their own research.

We encourage you to conduct your own full Evidence Review exercise in your own time once the training has completed.

We will encourage you to evaluate your learning and to give us feedback throughout the training. 

Previous course participants said

"The group work in the second half of the course was a great way to get to grips with the skillset (Bethan McGregor, Defra, 29 March 2022)

"I particularly enjoyed the group exercises and the continual engagement throughout the workshop (Joshua Leigh, Defra, 29 March 2022)

"Both the morning and afternoon sessions were helpful, was great to have a theoretical and practical element to the course." (Scott Lampon, Shift Insight, 15 February 2022)

"Charlie and Ingo were engaging and managed to catch our attention from the beginning until the end of the course." (Eleonore Delouvrier, Ricardo PLC, 15 February 2022)

"Really good - I appreciated the ability of the trainers to come in and out of the breakout rooms"  (Bethany Green, Scientific Officer, Office of Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra, 30 March 2020)

"Mixture of teaching and doing practical exercises very good. Found emphasis on floods very useful (Dr. Hannah Reid , Defra, 22 March 2022)

“Brilliant course. I am now very confident on the components of an evidence review. The practical activity in the afternoon was brilliant - really good to put the skills into practice.” (PhD student from King's College London)

"A really brilliant course - helped me to understand and practice the "what, why and how" of evidence reviews!"

"I now understand the "gold standard" of evidence synthesis policymakers."

"The day was structured really well, in particular, I enjoyed the team exercises. Going through the specific case study was really great to reinforce what had been discussed in the morning."

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