Rapid Review Methods

1 day course: Wednesday, 16th June 2021

Rapid reviews are increasingly undertaken to meet the demands of decision-makers, who need timely evidence to inform their decisions. Under such constraints, the time required to undertake a traditional systematic review may be prohibitive. Limited budgets to fund systematic reviews, may also increase pressure to fund a rapid review.

What does the course deliver?

If the review is to be delivered in a shorter time frame or a smaller budget, it may seem inevitable that it will no longer be able to remain transparent, rigorous, exhaustive and comprehensive. What are the implications of any shortcuts that might be taken? Can we measure the impact of such shortcuts? Which methods might be adopted when undertaking a rapid review? What do commissioners want? What is the balance between working smarter and shortchanging the commissioners? How do you create a team that can work together more efficiently within a shorter timescale? These questions will be explored through a detailed examination of tools that can be used and adapted to meet the particular needs of each rapid review.

Who will benefit from this course?

This short course is primarily for you if you are currently undertaking, or you anticipate embarking upon a rapid review. The aim of the day is to equip you with a greater insight into the range of rapid review methods that can be used for, and adapted to, your particular review. The purpose is to enable you to deliver methodologically rigorous reviews, that continue to meet the needs of decision-makers. The short course may also be of value for you if you commission reviews, or use rapid reviews to inform evidence-based practice. The course will facilitate you to assess the quality of rapid reviews, and help you to appraise rapid review proposals.

Course content

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


Dates and times

1 day course:  Wednesday, 16th June 2021

Start 9:30am

Finish 5pm


£249.00 - Early Bird Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 16th March 2021.
£349.00 - Standard Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 2nd June 2021, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 2nd June 2021.

Booking and Payment

Provisional bookings are currently being taken for this popular ScHARR short course, please forward your details to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

All of our ScHARR Short Course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store. Payment or Purchase Order details are required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit Card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your Purchase Order details before making your booking.  Bookings are not confirmed until receipt of the purchase order has been confirmed 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 one 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.

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


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

Accommodation and meals

Refreshments and lunch are provided for the duration of this one day course.

Accommodation is not included in the course fee. We do however have a preferential rate of £70 per night at Halifax Hall and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel. Details of how to book these, to ensure you receive the reduced rate, will be provided in your confirmation email upon receipt of your booking.

Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk if you have any queries regarding the venue/accommodation.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us 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