Scoping Reviews, Mapping Reviews and Evidence Gap Maps (NEW for 2021)

1 day course: Thursday, 8th July 2021

Demand for evidence synthesis to inform practice, policy and research agendas has grown exponentially over the last three decades. In response, systematic review methods have evolved to meet the increasingly diverse types of questions that systematic review methods are being used to address.

An evidence synthesis approach that has emerged and is increasingly being used are mapping review and evidence gap maps (EGMs). These are new tools, which complement existing approaches in the family of systematic methods of reviewing evidence. Typically, they seek to address a broader research question, where multiple types of intervention may be evaluated, such as preterm birth, epilepsy or intimate partner violence.

EGMs provide a visual overview of existing evidence, schematically representing the types of interventions evaluated and outcomes reported. EGMs also provide a useful tool for informing judgement and evidence-based decision-making in policy and practice by identifying ‘gaps’ where there is little or no evidence available and where future research should focus.

While mapping reviews and EGMs have developed and been used to support policymaking in international development, they have a broader applicability, which has seen them used more widely, with clear applicability to the health sector.

What does the course deliver?

This 1-day short course provides an introduction to mapping reviews and EGMs, outlines the gap-map methodology, and presents some examples.


The purpose of this one-day short course is to introduce attendees to mapping reviews and EGMs, how they differ from other systematic reviews, examples of how they are used, methods, and how to produce an EGM.

Course content

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations and an interactive exercise, with an opportunity for participants to work on developing the framework for an EGM.


Dates and times

1 day course:  Thursday, 8th July 2021

Times TBC


£249 - Early Bird Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 8th April 2021.
£349 - Standard Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 24th June 2021, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

£125 - Eligible ScHARR Staff/ScHARR Students Only. This is a reduced fee available to our current ScHARR Staff, and/or current ScHARR Students, where fees will be paid either directly by the ‘delegate’, or directly by ScHARR, and not from any external funding source (either directly or indirectly). Eligibility will need to be confirmed via Karen Holden to enable you to access the password required for booking at this rate.

Please contact Karen Holden at, to confirm your eligibility and obtain the password required to make your online booking.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 24th June 2021.

Booking and payment

We are currently taking provisional bookings for this new and exciting ScHARR short course.  Please forward your details to Karen Holden at

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

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 1 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 if you have any queries regarding the venue/accommodation.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

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