Dr Judy Rose
Meta-analysis takes research to the next level, by considering the weight of evidence provided by a group of studies replicating a similar research method. Often a group of studies will all fit a similar model such as regression (or SEM) to estimate the effect of some intervention on an outcome. The aim is to obtain an overall picture of the consensus view of this effect size, across studies. This is a pair of seminars introducing the concepts of meta-analysis to a broad audience of researchers. We illustrate ideas using an example on how big data analytics impacts business performance.
These seminars refer to recently published research (with innovations in methodology) on topics in Computer Science and Health.
Part 3 - Qualitative Literature Reviews - Towards Meta-Analysis
To conduct meta-analysis (MA) it is important to implement qualitative literature review strategies. This is needed to synthesize and integrate the qualitative information from research studies identified. For example, we demonstrate how we aggregated qualitative information using a popular systematic quantitative literature review (SQLR) of NAPLAN (Rose et al., 2020), although this only applies when the topic is searchable. In any case, SQLR on its own is not sufficient to prepare you for MA. To prepare for MA, a qualitative research synthesis involves both within-study literature analysis, and between-study literature analysis, to examine conceptual and theoretical frameworks, methods and results (Onwuegbuzie et al., 2012:5). Such qualitative reviews help researchers to appraise the quality of studies in terms of robustness and relevance to local context; information that can inform the weighting of studies for MA (Low-Choy, Almeida & Rose, 2021).
Format: 1.5-hour seminar
Related RED workshops: This is one of a series of sessions on meta-analysis, from literature review through to statistical analysis.
Recommended Reading: Onwuegbuzie, A. J., Leech, N. L., & Collins, K. M. (2012). Qualitative analysis techniques forthe review of the literature. Qualitative Report, 17(56), 1-28.
References: Low-Choy, S, F Almeida, and J Rose. "Combining study findings by using multiple literature review techniques and meta-analysis." Chapter 15 in eds (E Manu & J Akotia) Secondary Research Methods in the Built Environment (2021), p. 207.
Rose, J., Low-Choy, S., Singh, P., & Vasco, D. (2020). NAPLAN discourses: a systematic review after the first decade. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 41(6), 871-886.