Evidence Synthesis in the Social Sciences

This guide will give you an overview of evidence synthesis methodology and discuss relevant resources and tools.

Meta Analysis

Meta-Analysis- These are statistical and quantitative studies that show findings in research studies.

Best Practices:

  •  Use the statistical findings to help evaluate the findings.
  • Use the data to evaluate, analyze, and summarize your findings


Higgins JP;Lane PW;Anagnostelis B;Anzures-Cabrera J;Baker NF;Cappelleri JC;Haughie S;Hollis S;Lewis SC;Moneuse P;Whitehead A;2013. (2013, December 4). A tool to assess the quality of a meta-analysis. Research synthesis methods. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26053948/


Evidence based nursing: Types of reviews2022. LibGuides. (2022, October 31). Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://libguides.uwf.edu/c.php?g=215270&p=3955780


Advantages of using a Meta-Analysis

  • Helps to gather substantial amounts of statistics
  • Predict population afflicted
  • Shows Evidence-Based data

Some Disadvantages of using a Meta-Analysis

  • Can be time-consuming in searching for relevant and current data
  • Some studies do not require or have data for particular research
  • Requires cutting-edge tools for up-to-date anaysis of data

Meta-analysis. Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. (n.d.). Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/tutorials/studydesign101/metaanalyses.cfm


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