Invitation to launch of the UK and Ireland Campbell Centre and complimentary training



The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) is to establish and host the first national centre of the international Campbell Collaboration, with the official launch taking place on Wednesday 7 June at Queen's.

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

Following the launch event on 7 June, the Campbell Centre will deliver two days of complimentary training on systematic review methods (8 - 9 June 2017), to be delivered by leading international experts in evidence synthesis.

Download the flyer for the Launch and Complimentary Training (2.6MB)

The Launch Event

12:30pm - 4:00pm, Wednesday 7 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, "Evidence-informed policy and practice in the UK and Ireland: The role of the Campbell Centre". Paul is 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, "Better evidence: the value of Campbell systematic reviews". Julia is 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 Neyroud, "Systematic reviews that can change our world". Peter is 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, "The role of evidence in education". Terri is 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, "Why and how to use systematic reviews for better policy and practice". Howard is 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 8 and Friday 9 June 2017
Queen's University Belfast

These two days offer an excellent introduction to and overview of systematic reviewing and meta-analysis. Delivered by leading international experts in evidence synthesis, the training covers how to use evidence maps to formulate the focus for a systematic review and then all of the key stages involved in the systematic review process. For day two, the focus extends to undertaking meta-analysis and innovative approaches to literature searching using pearl harvesting.

This training is for anyone who is interested in how evidence can be synthesised and used to inform policy and decision making. No previous experience of systematic reviewing is required.

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.

Thursday 8 June

  • 09.30 – 12.30 Introduction to evidence gap maps, Dr Howard White (CEO, The Campbell Collaboration)
  • 14.00 – 17.00 Introduction to systematic review methods, Professor Julia Littell (Co-Chair and Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Collaboration)

 Friday 9 June

  • 09.30 – 12.30 Introduction to meta-analysis, Professor Terri Pigott  (Co-Chair of the Methods Group of the Campbell Collaboration)
  • 14.00 – 17.00 Introduction to Pearl Harvesting, Dr Robert Sandieson (Faculty of Education, Western University, Canada)


To register for the launch and/or the two-day training, please contact David Piekaar on (028) 9097 5956 or email at: 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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