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How to Conduct a Meta-Analysis Using Open-Science Software

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Online / Distance
20 July 2020
500 EUR

Program description

How to Conduct a Meta-Analysis Using Open-Science Software

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are essential tools for summarizing evidence accurately and reliably (…)” (Liberati et al., p. 1). Currently, meta-analysis is a widely applied technique. It applies to many of today’s issues surrounding scientific research. It can be used not only to reach conclusions regarding the overall effect of proven correlation, but it is also essential for finding and estimating publication bias. The meta-analysis is also useful when conducting a priori power analysis to design sample size.

During this course, students will learn how to formulate a problem and analyze it conducting a meta-analysis in JASP, an open-science software. Also, students will practice a wide-and-far literature search and will learn how to report their findings following the PRISMA standards. Students will learn the basics of how to prepare and describe a meta-analytical study in a separate article. They will see how to apply this technique to summarise studies found in a manuscript in order to improve the cohesion and “publishability.”

This course is taught in the form of an interactive seminar, in which students will complete four individual assignments, one each day. After submission of each assignment, students will receive feedback.

Admission requirements

Who should join?

This course is for Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s students. However, enthusiastic PhD candidates and professionals interested in the application of quantitative data analysis are also very welcome to register for this summer course. This course takes inspiration from the disciplines of economics and business studies, as well as social and behavioral sciences. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Bachelor, Master students, PhD and professionals

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Program content

There will be discussions on the following topics:

  • Two types of systematic reviews
  • Open science and meta-analysis: multisite replications
  • Pros and cons of meta-analysis
  • Publication bias and quality of publications
  • Effect size and how to calculate it
  • Literature search, exclusion, inclusion, and coding
  • Heterogeneity and its consequences
  • Available software, including JASP
  • Fixed- and random-effects model
  • Estimating overall effect size
  • Analysis of moderators

Additionally, students will become familiar with examples of published research to learn more about how to analyse them.

Tuition fees

Local/EU and International/Non-EU students full tuition fees is €500


Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Formulate a research question to conduct a meta-analysis
  • Carry out a literature search far and wide
  • Systematically review relevant literature
  • Code studies fitting inclusion criteria
  • Meta-analyze the coded effects using JASP software
  • Interpret and report the meta-analytic results

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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