Evidence Based Management:
Role of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

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NMIMS in partnership with Campbell Collaboration announces a workshop on Evidence Based Management: Role of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis. Campbell Collaboration is a volun¬tary, non-profit, international research network. The organization produces and disseminates systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in the social and behavioural sciences. Professor Julia H. Littell, Member, Campbell Board, Dr. Howard White, CEO & Mr. Denny John, Evidence Synthesis Specialist of Campbell will conduct the workshop.

Objectives: This workshop presents the scientific principles, methods, analysis, and reporting standards that guide the process of conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis in social sciences. In addition, the group will be introduced to the process of registering titles and protocols, and conducting reviews with the Campbell Collaboration, and work in groups to produce titles for registration.

  • Principles and methods of research synthesis.
  • Common sources of bias and errors in research reviews
  • Steps in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Strategies for minimizing bias
  • Reporting standards and guidelines for systematic reviews
  • Problem formulation, and developing review questions in the Indian context
  • Uses and misuses of research synthesis to inform policy, practice and further research
  • Registering titles and protocols, and conducting reviews with the Campbell Collaboration


Methodology: This workshop includes lectures, discussion, group and computer exercises.

Note: Participants should bring their own laptops and should download Cochrane’s RevMan software from this site: http://community.cochrane.org/tools/review-production-tools/revman-5/revman-5-download prior to the workshop.

Who should attend: Research oriented faculty members and Ph.D students

Date: March 19-21, 2018
Time: 08.30 a.m to 05.00 p.m (on all days)
Venue: NMIMS, School of Business Management, Vile Parle Campus, Mumbai

Program Investment: INR 7,080 (inclusive of taxes)


Systematic literature reviews including meta-analyses are invaluable scientific activities. The rationale for such reviews is well established. In contemporary times professionals working across the cross sectors, researchers, and policy makers are inundated with unmanageable amounts of information. They need systematic reviews to efficiently integrate existing information and provide data for rational decision making. Systematic reviews establish whether scientific findings are consistent and can be generalized across populations, settings or whether findings vary significantly by particular subsets. Meta-analyses in particular can increase power and precision of estimates of proposed solutions. Explicit methods used in systematic reviews limit bias and, aim towards improving reliability and accuracy of conclusions by providing evidences

It is seen that a leading business organizations like Google are moving toward evidence-based management while designing their corporate strategies and processes. The growing pile of studies on the human and financial costs of employee disengagement, management distrust, poor group dynamics, faulty incentive schemes and other preventable damage suggests a need for an evidence-based management movement.

As a leading business school we need to orient our students to understand how evidence-based management assists in arriving at good business decisions. It proceeds from the premise that using better, deeper logic and employing facts, to the extent possible, facilitates managers to do their jobs more effectively. It is in this context it is proposed first to orient and equip faculty members and Ph.D students to the concept of Evidence Based Management and Role of Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis and inspire them to carry out Systemic Reviews.

Background to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

The evidence for making policy, programme and practice decisions is best based on careful analyses and syntheses of multiple studies. These may be studies of the same topic such as microfinance and poverty, or across several areas of a single program, e.g. child abuse.

The use of systematic reviews and meta-analyses can be conducted across variety of questions: What is the extent of the problem? Which risk and protective factors are associated with specific conditions? How acceptable are certain interventions in different populations? Which interventions have been rigorously evaluated with what results? What works best, for whom, under what conditions, and what cost?

Facilitator’s Profile

Dr. Howard White

Internationally recognized figure in development evaluation and evidence synthesis with publications in a wide range of international peer reviewed development and evaluation journals. Thirty years’ experience in development research and evaluation, focusing on development evaluation, evidence synthesis, aid and development effectiveness, child welfare and anti-poverty policies.

Established and managed 3ie – a global grant programme for impact evaluation – for six years. Created 3ie from scratch to become an organization with 55 staff in 3ie offices (New Delhi, London and Washington D.C.) raising over US$180 million to finance grants and operations. 3ie played a central role in the use of rigorous evidence synthesis in international development, including the development of Evidence and Gap Maps.

Founding co-chair of the Campbell International Development Coordinating Group as part of 3ie’s work to being reviews to the international development community. Previously co-Chair and now CEO of Campbell Collaboration. Diversifying the range of evidence synthesis activities of Campbell, including using Evidence and Gap Maps.

Managing Editor of the Journal of Development Studies 2002-16 and founding Managing Editor of Journal of Development Effectiveness. Editorial board of Journal of International Development, Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Evaluation Review and South Asian Journal of Evaluation.

Awards for services to evaluation from the governments of Benin and Uganda.

Previous experience includes leading the impact evaluation program of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and, before that, several multi-country evaluations. Other experience leading large projects includes the World Bank published report African Poverty at the Millennium, and overall direction of poverty training for 2,000 DFID staff at country offices around the world. Published over 70 papers in internationally refereed journals and five books. Co-author of guidelines and briefs on a range of topics including UNICEF Impact Evaluation Briefs.

Dr. White is CEO of Campbell Collaboration.


Mr. Denny John

Denny has experience across various domains; managing hospitals and health projects, economic evaluation, health financing, evidence synthesis, implementation research, teaching and advocacy. He has experience of working with development organisations, insurance companies, and consulting companies for conducting economic evaluations, systematic reviews, and disease forecasting studies. He has experience of working in India and Nepal, and supporting projects in Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Nigeria. He has been the Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator for over 15 research studies conducted across various states in India, and has been awarded several research and project grants from national and international bodies.

He has published over 30 articles, and presented in national and international forums in the field of cost-effectiveness analysis, systematic reviews, and health financing. He is Associate Editor-International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (IJTAHC), Associate Editor-Global Health, BMC Public Health, and a reviewer for Bulletin of WHO, Journal of Public Health, BMJ Open, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Value in Health-Regional Issues, Patient Experiences Journal, and Cochrane Collaboration. He has guided Masters and PhD students in the field of cost-effectiveness analysis, and public health. He has taught Evidence Synthesis and Economic Evaluation topics to Masters students at Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (DISPAR), SRM School of Public Health, and NIE-Chennai, and for scientists at National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS), and faculty members at School of Health Sciences, Chitkara University, and Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine. He is associated as Adjunct Scientist, National Institute of Medical Statistics, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Denny works as Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Campbell Collaboration, New Delhi office.

Program Schedule

Monday, 19th March 2018

09.00-09.15 - Registration and choice of topic for group work

09.15-09.30 - Welcome and introductions

09.30-10.30 - Why systematic reviews are important

10.30-10.45 - Break

10.45-11.30 - Question setting

11.30-12.30 - Systematic review case study: health insurance

12.30-13.30 - Lunch

13.30-14.30 - Search strategies

14.30-15.00 - Screening studies

15.00-15.15 - Break

15.15-16.30 - Introduction to EGM

16.30-17.00 - End of day quiz

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