“The training on systematic reviews is very insightful. As someone who writes research papers, it is imperative that I learn how to use referencing software like Mendeley and how to put together effective concept papers” — Mercy Okori, UWOPA
From the 1st to the 18th of February 2022, The Centre for Policy Analysis hosted a two weeks training on conducting high-tech research with emphasis on systematic reviews.
A systematic review of research studies attempts to gather all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific question.
The training is CEPA’s initiative on capacity building under the Training and Professional Development in Policy advocacy programme aimed at showing the participants key aspects of research and tools that they can employ in their day-to-day work in their various fields.
It was facilitated by certified trainers in the field of research from Makerere University. Dr Chris C. Opesen, PhD in Social Anthropology who led on the use of Atlas Ti and Mendeley for analysis and referencing respectively and Dr Peter Kisaakye, PhD in Demography who led in scholarly writing skills.
In attendance were CEPA staff from the department of Research and members from partner organizations like Westminster Foundation (WFD), Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), and Population and Social Development Institute (PSDI).
The training focused on the use of Mendeley, a reference manager and academic social network that helps organize an individual’s research, helps one collaborate with others online and discover the latest research.
It also focused on a hands-on session on the use of Atlas Ti for analyzing qualitative data and Scholarly writing ethics and standards.
Participants thought the training was a great learning opportunity as they were introduced to new approaches in referencing and synthesizing qualitative data and how to share research information.
“As an academician and researcher, the training on systematic reviews is very useful. It has equipped me with relevant research skills. I like the mode of training. It is participatory and practical.”- Dr Atwine Deborah, PSDI
Overall, the participants were equipped with skills to specify basic tenets of ethical protocol for field data collections, identify special ethical considerations in qualitative evaluation.