Evidence Synthesis Institute

About the institute

This institute is fully funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and at no charge for accepted applicants. The Institute is aimed at library staff supporting evidence syntheses in topics outside of the health sciences and will cover

  • overview of systematic reviews and similar methodologies,
  • guidelines and standards,
  • search strategy development,
  • software tools,
  • quality assessment, and
  • systematic review services.

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Application process

The fifth of 6 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded Institutes will occur March 6-9, 2023 in a virtual environment. To apply, fill out this form. We will be accepting applications between now and December 23, 2022.

 Applications will be screened and prioritized based on

  • urgency of need,
  • existing knowledge gap,
  • disciplines supported by applicant, and
  • potential impact of training.

International applicants are welcome to apply. Due to our funding, we are limited in the number of applicants we can accept from outside the U.S.

Questions about the Evidence Synthesis Institute could be sent to sysreview@umn.edu. More information on the IMLS proposal and the partnership between University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon University are available at IMLS.gov, RE-246347-OLS-20.

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Evidence Synthesis Institute for groups

The Evidence Synthesis Institute is piloting a new training just for groups. If your institution needs to train a whole team of 5-20 librarians/staff in supporting evidence synthesis reviews – with an emphasis on disciplines outside the health sciences – you can now apply for a 3-day long virtual training tailored to your needs hosted by the instructors of the Evidence Synthesis Institute.

Applications will be accepted May 2-31, 2022 and the trainings will be scheduled over the next year based on instructor availability.

Because this is a pilot, we will only be accepting 3 groups at this time and are limited to institutions based in the United States.

Factors we will consider in screening applications and selecting groups will be:

  • range of disciplines served
  • size of institution and group (we would like to work with a variety of sizes)
  • potential impact of training

Group training applications are no longer being accepted.

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