Introduction to Knowledge Synthesis for Knowledge Users, Knowledge Translation Program

Nov 14,2021 | Consortium_staff Training Opportunities

Apply by January 1, 2022.

The introductory course on knowledge synthesis for knowledge users is an online course offered once a year through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the Knowledge Translation Program of St. Michael’s Hospital.

This course is co-taught by Dr. Sharon Straus (MD), and Dr. Andrea Tricco (PhD). The overall course objective is to teach about knowledge synthesis in general, as well as how to go about conducting a knowledge synthesis. It is recommended that students conduct a knowledge synthesis while taking this course, as the information provided will help guide the knowledge synthesis process. Topics include:

  • How to formulate a review question
  • How to develop a review protocol
  • How to abstract data
  • How to appraise the quality of studies
  • How to perform a meta-analysis

The course will cover 17 modules in total. Each module consists of a video presentation, 5 mandatory readings, optional readings, and a mandatory quiz. In addition, there are two assignments related to developing a knowledge synthesis question and protocol. The students will have three months to complete the course and the course instructors will provide high-level methodological support for the review.

Each module takes 3.5-5 hours to complete. The assignments take approximately 10 and 20 hours, respectively, depending on whether you are using an existing project or starting a new one. For more information and to apply, view the course website.