Mixed-method ApproacheS To Evidence Reviews In Europe (MASTERIE)

2 day Course: Thursday, 1st - Friday, 2nd July 2021

With increasing interest in complex social and public health interventions, attention within the systematic review community is shifting beyond “what works” to exploring “what works for whom under what circumstances”. Such questions require the integration of both qualitative and quantitative data within research projects and PhD theses.

Integration can be achieved at several points in the systematic review process; for example, through the methodology itself (eg realist syntheses and critical interpretive syntheses), through the inclusion of mixed methods studies, and through integrating separate reviews. Integration can take place when focusing the questions, when conducting searching and quality assessment and, above all, in the synthesis and presentation of findings.

This course will examine practical examples of integration at all these levels and stages. The Programme Faculty will begin by taking participants through the mixed-method review process (day one) before examining specific methods and mechanisms for integrating quantitative and qualitative data (day two). The emphasis will be on opening up a toolbox of possible approaches rather than focusing on a single, popularised method.

The course leader, Dr Andrew Booth, has recently contributed to Cochrane and WHO guidance on mixed methods reviews and synthesis while Fiona Campbell has wide-ranging experience across methods and paradigms.

Who will benefit from this course?

No formal experience is required, working knowledge of standard systematic review methods and/or quantitative or qualitative synthesis methods will be an advantage but not essential.

  • Quantitative or qualitative researchers who want to learn how to synthesise qualitative research
  • Systematic reviewers who want to learn how to integrate quantitative and qualitative data
  • PhD students in topic areas that explore complex social or health interventions
  • New researchers who want an overview of evidence synthesis/systematic review alternatives and choices
  • Quantitative and qualitative systematic reviewers who want to update and extend their skills and knowledge

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • describe the main approaches to integrating quantitative and qualitative data within evidence synthesis in terms of their strengths and weaknesses
  • rehearse the stages of the systematic review process at which integration might occur
  • articulate different mechanisms by which quantitative and qualitative data might be synthesised
  • describe the requirements for presenting and disseminating mixed-method synthesis data.


Members of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group and Experienced ScHARR Staff.

Dr Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence-Based Information Practice, ScHARR, University of Sheffield and Course Leader of this and our ESQUIRE short course.

Fiona Campbell, Research Fellow, ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

Dates and times

2 day Course: Thursday, 1st - Friday, 2nd July 2021

Day 1 - starts at 9:30am with registration and refreshments, with a prompt course start at 10:00am. It is scheduled to close for the day at approximately 5pm.  A course evening dinner for all delegates and staff will take place at approximately 7pm (there is no additional fee for this).

Day 2 - starts at 9am and is scheduled to close for the day at 4pm.


£575.00 - Early Bird Rate for bookings received on or before 11pm on 1st April 2021.

£675.00 - Standard Rate for bookings received on or before 11pm on 17th June 2021.

Bookings will automatically close 11pm on 17th June 2021.

Booking and payment

We are currently taking provisional bookings for this ScHARR short course.  Please forward your details to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store. Payment in full is required at the time of placing your booking (Credit/Debit Card or PayPal is accepted) or via Invoice (purchase order required). 

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you select the Invoice Option and have your Purchase Order details, before making your booking. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the Purchase Order is received at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately  week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course.

Accommodation and meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout this 2-day course, plus a course evening dinner that takes place on the first evening. 

No accommodation is included. We have a preferential rate of £70 per room/night at the host venue Halifax Hall for all of our delegates, details of how to book this are provided in your automated confirmation email. 

Alternatively, we have our new Jonas Hotel, situated next to Halifax Hall, with a preferential rate of £50 per room/night. For further details please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk or telephone +44 114 222 2968.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre,
Endcliffe Vale Road
S10 3ER


For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020