Future of Evidence: A critical appraisal of robustness, synthesis and generalisability of evidence in social sciences and health – Workshop
This workshop is a collaborative event held between Durham Research Methods Centre and Institute of Advanced Study to facilitate high-level interdisciplinary dialogue about robustness, synthesis and generalisability of evidence on which policies are based. Whilst it is desirable to incorporate evidence into decision-making, there is no consensus on validity or accuracy of most published scientific findings, particularly in social sciences. Current debate about evidence synthesis is often skewed towards critique of analytical techniques like p-values but this is only one dimension of the complexity of evidence synthesis and generalisability.
Aiming to encourage a broad perspective towards addressing current challenges of robustness, synthesis and generalisability of evidence in social sciences and health. More importantly, to channel new paths for generating future evidence that avoid or minimise current challenges.
This workshop will encourage discussion about the role of experimental design, analytical techniques, and meta-analysis and meta-synthesis in reducing false findings.
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