Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

CESI to launch the UK and Ireland Campbell Centre

The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) is to host the first national centre of the international Campbell Collaboration.


The new Campbell Centre will seek to become a national hub within the UK and Ireland for promoting the better use of evidence to improve the effectiveness of public and private services. Affiliated with the international Campbell Collaboration and hosted by CESI, the Centre will support the production and use of high quality Campbell systematic reviews.

The launch event will take place at Queen's University Belfast on Wednesday 7th June 2017 and will be followed by two days of complimentary training on systematic review methods (8th - 9th June 2017), to be delivered by world-leading experts.

The Launch Event

12:30pm - 4:30pm, Wednesday 7th June 2017
The Council Chamber, Queen's University Belfast

The launch will begin with a buffet lunch at 12:30pm, followed by keynote international speakers from the Campbell Collaboration who will provide an overview of the current issues and challenges facing the use of evidence to inform policy and practice in education, social care, crime and justice and international development. Speakers include:

  • Professor Paul Connolly, Director of the UK and Ireland Campbell Centre and Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen's University Belfast. Paul is also founding Director of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation and has extensive expertise in undertaking randomised controlled trials of education and social interventions.
  • Professor Julia Littell, Co-Chair and Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Collaboration and Professor within the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, USA. Julia's research focuses on home- and community-based services for children and families, methods of research synthesis, and the uses and misuses of research in policy and practice.
  • Peter Neyround, Co-Chair of the Crime and Justice Coordinating Group of the Campbell Collaboration and based in the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. Peter has previously spent 30 years in the police service, including as Chief Constable of Thames Valley.
  • Professor Terri Pigott, Co-Chair of the Methods Group of the Campbell Collaboration and Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, USA.  Terri is a world-leading expert in methods of meta-analysis.
  • Dr Howard White, Chief Executive Officer of the Campbell Collaboration and previously founding Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). Howard has previously led the impact evaluation programme of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group.


Complimentary Training

9:30am - 4:30pm, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th June 2017
Queen's University Belfast

This two day training will provide a comprehensive introduction of the key methods associated with systematic reviewing and meta-analyses. It will be of interest to all those who wish to acquire an overview of these methods. Further details of the sessions will be provided here shortly.

The training is offered free of charge. Refreshments during the two days will be provided, although participants will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.


To register for the launch and/or the two-day training, please contact David Piekaar on (028) 9097 5956 or email at: d.piekaar@qub.ac.uk. It is expected that demand for the training will be high and so early registration is advised to avoid disappointment. A waiting list will be created.


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