From 5th till 8th of Novemder on the base of the ILSCR, the short training course (workshop) “Applying meta-analysis” took place. The course was a part of the training program of the ILSCR “Advanced theory and methodology in social sciences”.
The lecturer was Sebastian Bamberg, PhD, Professor of Psychology Department, University of Bielefeld, Germany. The audience of the course consisted of member of ILSCR, lecturers of Department of Organizational Psychology, staff of other HSE faculties, and students of Master program “Applied Social Psychology”.
In his course S. Bamberg pursued two main goals: make the audience understand, evaluate and use published meta-analyses, as well as to teach them how to conduct their own meta-analysis. Lecturer noted that most empirical sciences are of a cumulative nature, research results of others are used for decision which questions are sufficiently examined and which need further research. Good research synthesis should be as comprehensive and unbiased as possible. One should remember that meta-analysis is only the statistical part of a systematic review used to combine the results of several studies addressing the same question into a single summary measure. S. Bamberg presented statistical models and approaches used in meta-analysis. Practical part of the course consisted of exercises using SPSS.