Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Evidence and Gap Maps SOLD OUT

04may(may 4)10:00 pm05(may 5)12:30 pmEvidence and Gap Maps SOLD OUT10:00 pm - 12:30 pm (5) ONLINE

Event Details

Evidence and gap maps (EGMs) are an innovative way to visualise the evidence and gaps in the evidence base relating to a defined topic area or broad question. They are powerful tools to support decision making in research and commissioning. In this workshop you will be guided by experts to learn about EGMs; what they are and are not, where to find them, how to use them and how to build your own. This workshop is suitable for a range of evidence users and no prior knowledge is required. It is also not limited to a specific topic so we encourage participants to join us from any discipline or background.

Date: 4th & 5th May 2021

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Places: 30 available for individuals who are resident in Ireland & Northern Ireland

Skill level: Introductory

Target Audience: Health and social care professionals, academics, researchers, PhD students, policy makers, decision makers, Campbell or Cochrane review authors and Evidence Synthesis Ireland fellows.

Teaching strategies: 

The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, individual and group exercises, discussions and demonstrations. The expert facilitators will encourage questions and interaction throughout to get the most out of live participation.


Dr Jennifer Hanratty is a research professional with ten years’ experience in evaluation and evidence synthesis with published systematic reviews and evidence and gap maps for WHO, Campbell, Cochrane and NIHR Health Technology Assessment amongst others. Jennifer has a PhD in psychology and an enduring interest in children’s emotional health and wellbeing and the impact of childhood maltreatment and trauma. Jennifer is Editor for the Education Coordinating Group and recently joined the Centre for Effective Services, an all-Ireland organisation working to support the use of evidence to improve services

Dr Ciara Keenan is a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast with an established international reputation in evidence synthesis methodology. Systematic review projects have demonstrated her expertise in the intersections of health, social welfare, disability, and education. Ciara is most committed to capacity building in evidence synthesis which has led to her work as Founder and Editor of the meta-evidence blog and twitter’s @evidencerobot and @COVID_Evidence. Ciara is currently Co-Convenor of the Campbell Collaboration’s Information Scientist Network, a Methods Editor and Information Retrieval specialist for Campbell’s Education Coordinating Group (ECG).

Dr Melissa Bond is an EPPI-Reviewer Support Officer at University College London. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Associate as part of the ActiveLearn project at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, from 2017-2020. She successfully defended her PhD in July 2020, with the focus ‘Facilitating student engagement through educational technology in K-12’, supervised by Prof. Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter, receiving a Magna cum Laude. .Melissa is a peer reviewer for many top journals, including Educational Research Review, Computers & Education, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, British Journal of Educational Technology, Distance Education, eLeed Journal and the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.


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4 (Tuesday) 10:00 pm - 5 (Wednesday) 12:30 pm